27 Aug 2008

Fiji interim Attorney General slams approach of New Zealand media

10:14 am on 27 August 2008

The interim Attorney General in Fiji says the media in New Zealand has been grossly unfair in its reporting of recent events in the island nation.

Aiyaz Sayed-Kaiyum made the comment in response to a question about whether the political situation in his country is continuing to affect the number of New Zealand visitors to Fiji.

He says a record number of tourists over the past year suggests it is not.

But Mr Sayed-Kaiyum says New Zealand media's presentation of events in Fiji is not helpful.

"And we can say that for a fact we have lodged various complaints but it would appear that at the end of the day the New Zealand media overall seems to be toeing the New Zealand Government foreign policy. For example letting the media run with comments by Helen Clark saying that Fiji's like Zimbabwe and Bainimarama is like Mugabe is a ridiculous proposition without having any counter-arguments to that."

Aiyaz Sayad-Kaiyum says Fiji has traditionally considered the media in New Zealand to be free in its thinking and he's saddened that that no longer seems to be the case.