26 Jun 2014

University to investigate Fiji academics

7:05 am on 26 June 2014

The University of the South Pacific in Fiji has started an internal investigation into a statement released by two journalism academics about media freedom in Fiji.

Fiji Village reports the University will consider appropriate action against Matt Thompson and Pat Craddock, saying academics must comply with University rules and comment responsibly in their area of expertise.

The pair issued a press release at the weekend speaking out about alleged government harassment of the media and justification of torture by the military.

The chair of Fiji's Media Development Authority, Ashwin Raj, this week hit out at the pair saying their comments were unsubstantiated and had the potential to do irreparable damage to Fiji.