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Wasea Bhasha issue turns political

October 26, 2016 2:59 am

SODELPA leader Ro Teimumu Kepa has today issued a statement calling for the resignation of Fiji Broadcasting Corporation chief executive, Riyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

This follows the comments on FBC TV’s programme, Wasea Bhasha.

Sayed-Khaiyum, who has been out of the country before the issue arose, says the company has already issued a very comprehensive public apology on the matter through Wasea Bhasha producer and presenter, Nemani Bainivalu.

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The apology was publicly released on social media last week and was also read out by the Producer in i-Taukei, Fiji Hindi and English on the Wasea Bhasha TV show.

The CEO says the FBC apologises for any unintentional hurt some content of the show may have caused.

He says the very unfortunate choice of words by the producer/ presenter is in total contradiction to the intention of the FBC as a responsible public service broadcaster and that the Producer was expected to have behaved in a more responsible manner.

The FBC started an internal investigation about the matter last week which got underway with the suspension of Bainivalu.

Sayed-Khaiyum says at no time has FBC deliberately promoted any ill-will towards any person or group.

The CEO says in fact the FBC has since its inception been at the forefront of nation building.

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