The venerable Times of London does what the Fiji Times refuses to do – report the sex and drug scandal involving Aseri Radrodro and Lynda Tabuya that has enveloped the Coalition government but is being mostly ignored in the Fijian media.
Nothing illustrates the hollowness of the so called new era of media freedom in Fiji more than the fact that it has taken Britain’s most prestigious newspaper to inform Fijian readers – and the entire world – about a story that they deserve to know.
This scandal can no longer be shoved under the collective mat and there is no way that the current PAP inquiry into Lynda Tabuya’s conduct can produce a whitewash. If it does, then this is a story that will haunt the Coalition government all the way to the next election and cruel any chance of Manoa Kamikamica, or anyone else, being able to create a “fresh start” for the PAP.
Read on, Fiji, and be amazed that it has taken a respected global media outlet to give you facts that your own media is withholding from you. And if you wonder about the credibility of The Times, consider this:
The Fiji Times continually boasts that it has been around for 153 years since 1869. The Times – whose nickname in Britain is “The Thunderer” – goes back 239 years to 1785. One is a credible media outlet and the other is a rag. Guess which one?
Belatedly, the Fiji Times reports today on the PAP investigation after Grubsheet accused it yesterday of journalistic corruption. But guess what again, Fiji? The paper carries quotes from Lynda Tabuya but doesn’t ask her if the allegations against her are true. And having been given the opportunity to comment to the Fiji Times, Lynda herself doesn’t take the opportunity to issue a denial or even maintain the pretence that it is “fake news”.
Why? Well, because it is true. The leaked text messages are genuine and the PAP’s Disciplinary Sub-Committee better believe it or it too is going to be exposed to allegations of a massive cover-up.
The chronic hopelessness of the Fiji Times is underlined by its headline on yesterday’s big win in the High Court by the ousted solicitor general. The rest of the world knows him as Sharvada Sharma. The morons in Butt Street call him Sharvada Nand.