World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Fiji Times Sacks Controversial Chief-Of-Staff

Fiji Times Sacks Controversial Chief-Of-Staff, Says Paper

* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
* Post a comment on PMW's Right of Reply:


SUVA (Daily Post/Pacific Media Watch) Fiji Times chief-of-staff Margaret Wise has been dismissed for allegedly leaking editorial material to other media organisations yesterday, reports the Daily Post.

Fiji Times Ltd managing director Tony Yianni said the act was "considered grossly unprofessional and utterly unethical".

Yianni said the material had been rejected [editorially] for legal reasons.

Wise claimed allegations against her were not true.

She believes the management should have given her the opportunity to reply since "I have served them faithfully for the last 10 years".

"I would have expected, given the nature of my work, that they would have given me the opportunity to reply," Wise said.

"The allegations are baseless."

It is understood Wise wrote to the editor-in-chief Russel Hunter on behalf of the staff regarding their concerns on how to handle stories of individuals who are subjected to police investigations and have not been charged.

Wise claims they (staff) wanted clear directions on the writing of the story because there have been cases in the past where reporters have run stories of people who are still under police investigation and have even named them.

Wise claims that in letters written by Hunter there were no explanations of why the materials had been rejected since the staff wanted to know.

* Pacific Media Watch reports that Margaret Wise was at the centre of controversy over her reporting of the Chaudhry Labour-led Government ousted in George Speight's putsch on 19 May 2000.

She has also been at the centre of a long-running paternity case against former Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka. He was reported in the Fiji Times of July 26 to have agreed to pay her $32.50 a week in child maintenance following a hearing in the Domestic Court.

Wise is the third senior Fijian editorial person to have been recently ousted at the Fiji Times following disputes with the Australian editor-in-chief; former deputy editor Netani Rika resigned to become news director at Fiji TV and deputy chief reporter Matelita Ragogo resigned to take up further journalism studies and freelance work.



PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media, the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism, and Pactok Communications, in Sydney and Port Moresby.

(c)1996-2002 Copyright - All rights reserved.

Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.

Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.

For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch

listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific

Media Watch at: E-mail: Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9, Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, PO Box 78028, Auckland 1002, New Zealand. New website:

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


North Korea: NZ Denounces Missile Test

Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters has denounced North Korea’s latest ballistic missile test. The test, which took place this morning, is North Korea’s third test flight of an inter-continental ballistic missile. More>>


Gordon Campbell: Zimbabwe - Meet The New Bosses

At 75, Mnangagwa is not exactly what you’d call a new broom. As many observers have pointed out, his track record has been one of unswerving dedication to Mugabe ever since the days of anti-colonial insurgency... To these guys, things had to change in Zimbabwe, so that things could remain the same. More>>