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Flag to remain unchanged as Fiji Times is accused of ‘inciting communal antangonism’

August 19, 2016

Accused fronting in court

We might be celebrating our first Gold medal at the Olympics but the charging of the Fiji Times and four individuals for ‘inciting communal antagonism’ is a reminder that life under decrees is not so golden.

The paper, three of its news officials and a letter writer for its itaukei supplement, Nai Lalakai, have been charged under section 65 (2) (a) (i) and section 53 (1) of the Crimes Decree.

It’s alleged the group incited antagonism against Muslims in the following article published on 27 April:

“Ko ira na Musulomani era sega ni taukei kei Viti, sai ira nai lawalawa oqo era a curu botea na vanua eso ka dua vei ira ko Bangladesh mai Idia, kara vei vakamatei kina, kucuvi na nodra yalewa, ra vakararawataki na gone me yacova sara nira sa lewa ka sa nodra tu edaidai”

source – c4.5; posted by Mere Varani for SWM
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