16 May 2017

Fiji Times rejects govt claims it's using cane farmers

10:16 am on 16 May 2017

The Fiji Times has rejected government claims that it has an agenda on issues regarding sugar cane farmers and the sugar industry.

Fred Wesley, Editor of the Fiji Times

Fred Wesley, Editor of the Fiji Times Photo: RNZI / Sally Round

The Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum has accused the newspaper of using sugar cane farmers as a tool for its own agenda and whipping up a frenzy over problems in the industry along with some politicians.

But the paper's editor Fred Wesley said the paper's agenda is to present the news in a fair and objective manner.

He said the paper's only agenda to do with the farmers and their industry is to be their voice on issues that concern them.

Mr Wesley said the Times will strive to offer people a platform to voice their concerns regardless of their political leanings or status.

He said it was unfortunate the paper had been attacked again.

The newspaper and three of its senior staff are facing charges of sedition relating to a letter published in the Times' iTaukei newspaper, Nai Lalakai.

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