Sunday, February 6, 2011

[pima.nius] FIJI: Media accused of self-censoring news from Egypt

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Title – 7243 FIJI: Media accused of self-censoring news from Egypt
Date – 4 February 2011
Byline – Bruce Hill
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Radio Australia, 4/2/11
Copyright – RA
Status – Unabridged
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By Bruce Hill

MELBOURNE (Radio Australia Pacific Beat/Pacific Media Watch): The leader of a youth non-government organisation in Fiji says the country's media is exercising self-censorship in covering the popular unrest in Egypt.

Peter Waqavonovono, president of the Fiji Young People's Concerned Network, says many Fiji youths are using the social media such as Twitter and Facebook to get up to date and in-depth information about the events unfolding in Cairo.

He says many people like him feel there are similarities between Egypt and Fiji - in terms of military rule, censorship and restriction of political rights.

Waqavonovono says the Fiji media is treading very carefully in the way it reports the apparent revolt against Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.

A quick survey of Fiji's media on the internet shows that the Fiji Times and the website Fijilive both carry comprehensive and balanced reports on the events in Egypt from international news agencies.

The state-owned TV channel, Fiji One has carried one item about the unrest so far, focusing on an Egyptian man living in Fiji who is trying to contact his family in Cairo.

Presenter: Bruce Hill
Speaker: Peter Waqavonovono, president of the Fiji Young People's Concerned Network

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