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Journalist clarifies role in Draunidalo inquiry

A senior journalist at a radio broadcaster has defended his text messages to the Attorney-General after they were tendered as evidence leading to the suspension of an opposition parliamentarian from Parliament. The news editor of Communications (Fiji) Limited, Mr Vijay Narayan, told Newswire the text messages were sent as interview questions. NARAYAN: “Those text messages are […]

Nacanieli Tuilevuka

June 5, 2016 12:41 pm

A senior journalist at a radio broadcaster has defended his text messages to the Attorney-General after they were tendered as evidence leading to the suspension of an opposition parliamentarian from Parliament.

The news editor of Communications (Fiji) Limited, Mr Vijay Narayan, told Newswire the text messages were sent as interview questions.

NARAYAN: “Those text messages are questions sent as a journalist to the Attorney-General for his response.”

Mr Narayan added he had also unsuccessfully called National Federation Party (NFP) MP, Tupou Draunidalo.

The Attorney-General, Aiyaz-Sayed-Khaiyum, this week told a parliamentary committee he had not heard the words “calling us dumb natives, you idiot” until Mr Narayan had highlighted it in a text message.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “I then received a text message and I have got copies of that here, which I am happy to pass on to the Committee, from Vijay Narayan who is a News Editor of Communications Fiji Limited and the Legend News Station and he said: “Bula Sir, you had raised a Point of Order saying that Draunidalo called Reddy a fool, she then got up and said ‘calling us dumb natives, you idiot’. Will this matter be taken further? Thanks, Vijay.”

“My response was, “I did not hear the second part, did you hear it?” He then responded and said: “I have the recording, Hansard should have it, it was very clear.”

The AG said after receiving a text message from Mr Narayan, he went immediately to the Speaker and showed her the text message.

SAYED-KHAIYUM: “I then went immediately to the Honorable Speaker and showed her this text message. I said I did not hear it, and she said that she did not hear it and then I said, well, let us see what the Hansard says”, for me to be able to respond to Vijay.”

“Vijay then in the afternoon at 16.06 texts me and says”:”Hi Sir, Vijay here, any comments on that Draunidalo comment in Parliament? Will any action be taken?”I responded and said, “We need to hear it ourselves before making any comment.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said Mr Narayan then agreed to wait for his response and concluded the conversation.

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