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Integrity centre questions media report timing
Title -- 5340 FIJI: Integrity centre questions media report timing
Date -- 1 March 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Fiji Times 29/02/08
Copyright - FT
Status -- Unabridged
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PCPI SUSPICIOUS OF FHRC REPORT TIMING
SUVA (FT Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Pacific Centre for Public Integrity says the timing of the release of the Fiji Human Rights Commission (FHRC) commissioned report on Independence of the media coincided with the deportation of expatriate media executive Russell Hunter.
Centre executive Angie Heffernan said that apart from the actual "nonsensical contents" of the report itself, the PCPI was questioning the timing of the release of report by Dr Shaista Shameem.
PCPI states that it is not a coincidence that the report was released after the deportation of Hunter, saying it was deliberately done to provide a public relations justification for the interim regimes action's against the media.
It defies logic, Heffernan says that the very institution that is mandated to protect human rights, would endorse a report that recommends racism, discrimination and human rights violations.
This obvious collusion between the FHRC under Dr Shaista Shameem and the interim regime further reflects how politically compromised the FHRC has become.
* The Anthony media report:
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