TV show scrutinised

OPPOSITION Leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has called on authorities to immediately take action on comments made during one of the segments of FBC’s television show Wasea Bhasha.

Describing the comments made during the show as “disgraceful and deliberate display of arrogance and hate”, Ro Teimumu said the State broadcaster’s CEO, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, should be held accountable.

“I call on the CEO of FBC to take responsibility and resign from his position and allow a full and unimpeded investigation to be carried out and all the officials associated with the program taken to account,” she said.

“The outrageous allegations against our indigenous people by FBC suggesting we are inferior because we spend too much time on sports and are academically poor performers because we cannot read English and teachers are too drunk on yaqona.”

Ro Teimumu said the comments made during the show were a breach of Section 26 — right to equality and freedom from discrimination — in the 2013 Constitution.

Request for comments electronically mailed to Mr Sayed-Khaiyum yesterday on Ro Teimumu’s statement remained unanswered when this edition went to press.

However, in an article published on the company’s official website, the CEO said FBC had already issued a comprehensive public apology on the matter through Wasea Bhasha’s producer and presenter, Nemani Bainivalu.

The website further quoted Mr Sayed-Khaiyum apologising for any unintentional hurt some content of the show may have caused.

He said it was the unfortunate choice of words by the producer/ presenter that was in total contradiction to the intention of FBC as a responsible public service broadcaster and that the producer was expected to have behaved in a more responsible manner.

The website stated that there was an internal investigation which got underway with the suspension of Mr Bainivalu.

Police are investigating the matter.

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