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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 22, 2001 – Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch)---Former Daily Post acting editor and Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase's cousin, Mesake Koroi, has taken up a special appointment in Fiji's Ministry of Information, the Daily Post reports.

But Minister for Information Joseva Vosanibola said yesterday that Koroi's attachment had nothing to do with his relationship with Qarase.

Koroi started last Monday and is on a monthly contract with the ministry.

He is believed to be working with the ministry's special project team that visits rural areas to spread information about the Government's activities. Money for the project was allocated last year.

Vosanibola said contracting a local person was cheaper than hiring someone from overseas.

Koroi said that he was just starting and was still to be briefed on the areas that he would be covering.

The Director of Information, Eliki Bomani, said Koroi's appointment did not come under the Public Service Commission but under the jurisdiction of the Ministry for Information.

* PMW comments: Koroi wrote a weekly political column while acting editor of the Daily Post and the paper was widely regarded under his editorship as being supportive to Qarase's caretaker regime, appointed by the military in the wake of George Speight's putsch on May 19, 2000 – in contrast to the independence of previous editor Jale Moala and the current editorship.

Title -- 3485 MEDIA: Koroi gets special job at Fiji's Information Ministry Date -- 22 January 2001 Byline -- None Origin -- Pacific Media Watch Source -- Daily Post, 22/1/2 Copyright -- Daily Post Status -- Unabridged

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