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Report angers party

Litia Vulaidausiga
Saturday, August 16, 2014

THE People's Democratic Party has lashed out at a newspaper headline regarding leader Felix Anthony and implications about his salary as a board member of the Fiji National Provident Fund.

The article appeared in the Fiji Sun following Mr Anthony's appearance on the FBC show 4 The Record in which he was asked if he was paid $160,000 over a three-year period.

On the show, Mr Anthony said he could not recall the exact figure of his salary.

A Fiji Sun article on Tuesday claimed he was paid more than the alleged sum alongside a salary during his tenure as general secretary of the Fiji Trades Union Congress.

The PDP called a press conference yesterday, saying while there was no secrecy surrounding their leader's salary during his period as an FNPF board member, the article implied some wrongdoing.

"The article is utter gutter journalism," claimed party general-secretary Aman Ravindra-Singh.

"It is against the norms of balanced and fair reporting and at no time was the PDP or Mr Anthony contacted for comments."

In response, Fiji Sun publisher Peter Lomas said the report was clearly identified as a follow-up to comments by Mr Anthony during the 4 The Record program.

He said Mr Anthony did not dispute the figure and that Mr Ravindra-Singh was just attacking the newspaper for publishing this information.

Mr Ravindra-Singh also questioned the $160,000 figure, saying it was a matter of record with the tax department.

"The story also suggested that he was paid as an FTUC board member — he didn't receive a single cent, none of the board members do," he said.

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