Probe on TV complaint

POLICE are still investigating complaints received from concerned individuals regarding the content of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation’s show Wasea Basha and will forward the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions once investigations are over.

That’s the word from police spokesperson Ana Naisoro, who said “investigations on the matter were ongoing”.

Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA) chairman Ashwin Raj, who has also received a letter of complaint from concerned individuals, said “responsible organisations would adjudicate on the matter independently”.

“Let the investigations now independently adjudicate on these things,” Mr Raj said.

Complainant and human rights activist Peter Waqavonovono, who led a group of about 20 individuals to lodge the complaint, said he felt the content of the show was humiliating and stereotyping indigenous Fijians.

He said the show had the potential to cause communal discord in the country.

Mr Waqavonovono copied his letter of complaint to the Commander of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces.

“I copy this official complaint as a law-abiding citizen to the Commander RFMF because section 131(2) of the 2013 Constitution states: It shall be the overall responsibility of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces to ensure at all times the security, defence and wellbeing of Fiji and all Fijians,” he said

Human rights activist Jope Tarai confirmed a complaint had been lodged with MIDA and Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission regarding the issue.

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