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Khaiyum forced to back-date controversial TV decree amendment

February 4, 2015

Regime appointed Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has been forced to swallow his own spit by removing HSBC World Series Sevens, Rugby World Cup 7’s and Rugby World Cup from the Television (Cross-Carriage of Designated Events) Decree, as per the wish of rugby’s governing body, World Rugby.

The removal was gazetted on Wednesday 28th January but is dated 15th December 2014 – to prevent World Rugby from blocking coverage of the Wellington 7’s this weekend.

The Wellington Sevens is the second most popular 7’s event after Hong Kong and Sayed-Khaiyum was forced to undertake the gazetting to prevent denying Fiji
citizens coverage for a second time.

The gazetting of the removal is further evidence the people of Fiji were conned by pro-regime media, particularly the Fiji Sun and State owned FBC (Radio Fiji), into believing World Rugby had backed down in December after blocking the Dubai 7’s, allowing the televising of the South Africa 7’s a week later.

Both Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and his boss, Frank Bainimarama, were portrayed as heroes by Fiji Sun and FBC.

Bainimarama displayed no shame when he repeated the lies giving a similar message at the opening of the Punjas Biscuit Factory in Lautoka last December, and again during his Western Division tour in Sigatoka when he accused the Opposition of being obsessed with the TV/Rugby saga and sacking of top two Fiji TV Executives.

The U-turn to cover the stuff-up shows Sayed-Khaiyum’s understanding of media laws and broadcast rights is minuscule. His so-called legal expertise was also exposed by World Rugby’s head of legal matters, Susan Ahern.

He even failed to provide proof to World Rugby and the people of Fiji that soccer’s governing body, FIFA, had given approval for the cross-carriage of the World Cup played in Brazil last June and July.

Sayed-Khaiyum was basing his illogical Cross-Carriage Decree provisions, clearly manufactured to prop up his brother’s FBC TV, which has resorted to showing out-dated programmes and Hindi soap operas in a bid to gain audience.

With no proof of FIFA approval or of World Rugby approval for the cross-carriage of Gold Coast 7’s last October, Sayed-Khaiyum turned red and pink under the World Rugby onslaught and removed the World Rugby events from the Cross-Carriage Decree as required by World Rugby before it agreed for Fiji TV to sub-licence 7’s feed to FBC on terms agreeable to World Rugby.

So much for his lies and deceit, which unfortunately fool the people but not international organisations.

Source – c.5; posted by Rusi Varani for SWM

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