Grubsheet continues to post Fijian-related material on its Facebook page even as the main long- format site is in recess until the lead-up to the Fijian election sometime between July 2022 and January 2023. We are continuing to break stories, many of which the rest of the Fijian media ignores, and in a very short space of time, have built a Facebook readership of well over 100,000 a month, with some stories attracting more than 30,000 views. These are significant numbers in a country of under a million people.
A great many Grubsheet Facebook stories are also being shared and republished elsewhere, including New Zealand’s Asia Pacific Report. So that the actual reach makes Grubsheet an important contributor to the national debate in Fiji and a vital part of the mainstream Fijian media, which continues to labour under the burden of Fiji’s draconian media laws.
The more important Facebook pieces will eventually be uploaded to this website and join the catalogue of material dating back to 2011. Readers will notice that having once been a strong supporter of the Bainimarama government to the extent of going to work in Fiji as its principal communications advisor, its assault on the independent institutions of state, its harassment of opposition figures and the cronyism and nepotism that has come to be the hallmark of the government have resulted in me becoming a voluble critic. I am hoping that a credible alternative emerges capable of winning the 2022 election and of putting Fiji on a more genuinely democratic and enlightened course.