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Fijians launch newspaper in Canada

Avinesh Gopal
Tuesday, January 15, 2013

FORMER Fiji residents living in Calgary, Canada have launched a community newspaper.

The newspaper, named Jai Fiji, which means Hail Fiji, started about two months ago after the launching of a radio program.

Jai Fiji sub-editor and former Fiji parliamentarian Satendra Singh said Fijians had been living in Calgary for more than 40 years.

"But so far, there has not been a common platform to interact and share news and events," he said.

"After launching a part-time radio program named Namaste Fiji, we launched the community newspaper, which is only about two months old."

Mr Singh said the newspaper would feature news and events from Fiji, especially news not heard or read about in regular news media.

"We are also focusing on the history of Fiji, legends of Fiji, our Fijian culture and traditions, especially for the young generation born and bred here in Canada.

"Our aim is to boost and nourish the rich and deep-rooted culture we have back home.

"The paper will also enhance mending the divisive forces the Indo-Fijians here in Canada experience.

"We are trying to unite our people, some of whom have gone astray," said Mr Singh.

He said some iTaukei living in Calgary also participated in the official launching of the newspaper two weeks ago.

He said the lack of sponsorship was a threat as not too many Fijians were in business in Calgary.

But, he said, people behind the newspaper had other options for the survival of the newspaper.

Mr Singh said the community newspaper would be published on a weekly basis should things go as planned.


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