Fiji Times Newspaper Defends Its Unbiased Reporting

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Bainimarama accuses publisher of blatantly misleading headlines, stories

By Nasik Swami

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, June 13, 2014) – The Fiji Times believes in being fair and unbiased.

This was the newspaper's editor-in-chief and publisher Fred Wesley's comment in response to allegations made by Prime Minister Rear Admiral (Ret) Voreqe Bainimarama at the launch of his party office yesterday, claiming the media organisation's journalistic standards were not only "unprofessional" but "blatantly biased".

Wesley said the newspaper reported without prejudice.

"The Fiji Times believes in being fair, unbiased and reporting on the country's development and the coming election without prejudice," he said.

"We offer every political party an equal opportunity to voice their opinions."

He said the newspaper also stood by its reporters.

Rear Admiral (Ret) Bainimarama alleged The Fiji Times sought to distort facts, manipulate figures and blatantly print misleading headlines and stories.

"If they have a political bias, they need to declare it. In the meantime, I urge all Fijians to get other sources of information other than the distorted views of The Fiji Times."

He claimed many senior journalists and associates of the organisation, through social media and other forums, spread misinformation and were anti-government.

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