Fiji Publisher Charged With Communal Antagonism Against Muslims

Allegations brought against Fiji Times-owned iTaukei language Nai Lalakai newspaper

By Avinesh Gopal

SUVA, Fiji (Fiji Times, August 17, 2016) – The Director of Public Prosecutions, Christopher Pryde has sanctioned charges of inciting communal antagonism against The Fiji Times Ltd.

Charges will be laid against Josaia Waqabaca, Nai Lalakai editor Anare Ravula, Fiji Times editor-in-chief Fred Wesley, the newspaper's general manager/publisher Hank Arts and The Fiji Times Ltd under section 65 (2) (a) (i) and section 53 (1) of the Crimes Decree in relation to an article published by the Nai Lalakai on April 27 this year.

A statement from the Office of the DPP said it is alleged that Josaia Waqabaca, Anare Ravula, Fred Wesley, Hank Arts and The Fiji Times Ltd made, or caused to be published, a statement in the iTaukei language Nai Lalakai newspaper that is likely to incite dislike, hatred, or antagonism of the Muslim community.

They have been detained and the matter will be called in the Suva Magistrates Court at 3:30pm today.

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