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USP investigates student editor assault claim

April 17, 2015 4:17 am

Security authorities at the University of the South Pacific in Suva are investigating a report that the editor of the student newspaper was allegedly assaulted on campus for a report in the Wansolwara paper.

Editor Sonal Singh was allegedly assaulted by the President of the USP Students Association federal council, Whitlam Saeni for a report about the auditing of one of its affiliated body’s finances.

Singh alleges he was assaulted by Whitlam Saeni outside the library on Sunday evening.

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“People are saying that youths should raise their voices against what is going wrong but now since we have raised our voice ,we are getting punched for it. what do people want from from this. So I am deeply disappointed with what happened. He was the president of USPSA and this was totally unexpected from him."

In a written statement given to FBC News, Saeni said there was no assault as alleged by Singh.

He added it was a ‘cultural and psychological issue.’

He says he tried to correct Singh about the article which was not verified and he did not give permission to use his photograph.

Saieni says he raised to Singh’s face -‘the normal thing he did with Melanesian friends.’

USP has confirmed receiving a complaint in regards to an assault and investigation into the matter has commenced in adherence to the university policies.

A statement says the parties that were involved will be informed of the outcome .

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