30 Jun 2014

USP academic claims he is being silenced

2:21 pm on 30 June 2014

A journalism academic at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji says the institution is attempting to stop him from speaking to the media.

Pat Craddock has been admonished by the university after he spoke out about alleged government harassment of the media and justification of torture by the military.

Mary Baines reports.

"Mr Craddock says he received a letter from the USP which accuses him of behaviour which is prejudicial to the peace, good order, good government or morale of Fiji. The university says this is against the rules of his work permit. It also says it would be in Mr Craddock's interest to refrain from making statements related to the USP, even after his contract ends. Mr Craddock stands by his statements which he says were made with a belief in academic freedom, do not represent the views of the university and are in the public interest. He says the letter is intended to intimidate other staff on work permits. The academic says the complaint against him was made by someone outside the university, but the USP would not say who."