FIJI POST IS NO GOVERNMENT AGENT: SINGH

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (April 27, 2000 – Fiji’s Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The Daily Post is not the Fiji government's mouthpiece or its propaganda machine, says general manager Ranjit Singh.

Singh's comments came after Opposition Leader Inoke Kubuabola, in a Radio Fiji news item, said that the Daily Post newspaper was used by government for its propaganda.

"While government has shares in the Daily Post, it does not and has not tried to interfere with our editorial content.

"We are an independent, responsible and a conscientious news organization which does not carry anybody's agenda or further any shareholder interests," Singh said.

He went on to say that what Daily Post does is present balanced reporting and "since government policies and actions have so much impact on the people, we give it the appropriate opportunity to present its point of view for those they are intended for."

Singh said that the Daily Post is conscious and appreciative of the fact that the nation is at a delicate stage of political and socio-economic development.

"Therefore, we exercise all reasonable care in displaying news that falls within the ambit of freedom of speech while showing sensitivity to the multi-racial fabric of our society.

"We do not sensationalize issues.

"If people construe this stance as being pro-government, then it is their interpretation.

"We are not a mouthpiece of government and are not forced in any way to give any slant to a story.

"We are free of any editorial interference from any outside party.

"We remain an independent and responsible Daily Post," said Singh.

Title -- 2681 FIJI: Daily Post denies being govt "mouthpiece" Date -- 27 April 2000 Byline – None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Fiji's Daily Post, 27/4/00 Copyright -- Daily Post Status -- Unabridged

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