Pacific Media Watch

2 November 2014

NZ: Radio New Zealand's CEO defends Fiji election coverage

Hero image
Radio New Zealand ... under fire from Fiji's MIDA. Image: File

WELLINGTON (Radio New Zealand / Pacific Media Watch): Radio New Zealand has rejected claims its reporting of the Fiji general election in September was racist, unbalanced, and inaccurate.

The head of Fiji's Media Industry Development Authority (MIDA), Ashwin Raj, made the accusations while speaking at the United Nations' Human Rights Council in Geneva last week.

He said the authority called for - and received - retractions and apologies from Radio New Zealand and Al Jazeera.

The chief executive of Radio New Zealand, Paul Thompson, rejected this.

"There's no way that that's a justified complaint, there's no grounds for that at all. Our coverage was balanced, thorough and robust, and that's what they didn't like about it and I think it's a really unfair allegation."

Paul Thompson said no apology was asked for or given by Radio New Zealand.

MIDA accuses Al Jazeera and RNZ of racist reporting

Creative Commons Licence

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 New Zealand Licence.

Pacific Media Watch

PMC's media monitoring service

Pacific Media Watch is compiled for the Pacific Media Centre as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators. (cc) Creative Commons