30 Dec 2014

Fiji opposition accuses journalist of breach

4:14 pm on 30 December 2014

The Fiji opposition says Fiji Sun journalist, Jyoti Pratibha, has blatantly breached the media decree with her criticism of a pension payout to former prime minister, Laisenia Qarase.

Mr Qarase earlier this month was given a lump sum payment for his pension which had been withheld by the former regime for eight years.

The opposition whip, Ratu Isoa Tikoca, says this is a positive outcome and they have congratulated the government for keeping to an agreement reached in November.

He says it was recognised that this was only a part payment but Ms Pratibha slanted her report to imply Mr Qarase was seeking more than what he was entitled to.

Ratu Isoa says it lacks accuracy, balance and fairness.

"The Government has honoured their decision which I have given a lot of credit to but the report given by the lady [ Jyoti Pratibha] is actually twisting the report and stating that Qarase is not satisfied with what he received"

Ratu Isoa Tikoca.