Pacific Media Watch

30 October 2014

FIJI: MIDA accuses Al Jazeera and RNZ of racist reporting

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MIDA's chair Ashwin Raj ... criticised "racist, unbalanced and inaccurate" reports but gave no details. Image: USP

GENEVA (Radio New Zealand International / Pacific Media Watch): Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority has accused Al Jazeera and Radio New Zealand of racism in their reporting of last month's election in Fiji, reports RNZI.

Al-Jazeera and Radio New Zealand were among several foreign media organisations covering the event.

The allegation of racism was made by the head of MIDA, Ashwin Raj, in an address to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva.

"During the elections MIDA called for and received retractions and apologies from Radio New Zealand and Al Jazeera in relation to stories about Fiji which were racist, unbalanced and inaccurate."

Ashwin Raj gave no details of the alleged racism or imbalance.

Radio New Zealand International has rejected the allegations.

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