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I had no say in what got printed in Nai-Lalakai: Wesley

May 8, 2018 5:17 am

Fiji Times Editor in Chief Fred Wesley told the Suva High Court today that he had no input in the publication of the Nai-Lalakai article for which he and Writer Josaia Waqabaca, Nai Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula and Fiji Times Publisher Hank Art have been taken to court.

He said he also has difficulty reading and understanding iTaukei as he comes from Rotuman Descent.

He says editors of the different newspapers printed under the Fiji Times umbrella are entrusted with the capability and responsibility to decide for themselves as to what goes in the paper.

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He also told the Court that the Fiji Times follows the Code of Conduct and the Media Decree so they do not print articles which may cause hatred or violence amongst Fijians.

He says he was responsible for organizing training for Nai-Lalakai Editor Anare Ravula but he had no say in deciding what got printed in the newspaper.

Wesley says if editors from the different papers had any difficulty with any article they would then discuss it with him.

He says Letters to the Editor sections were properly read and if editors saw a need for discussions with him then they would do so.

He said they also consulted the help of their company lawyer whenever there was a need.

The trial continues tomorrow at the Suva High Court.

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