Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Win a holiday to a military dictatorship

Fiji is a military dictatorship.

A military dictatorship needs a compliant media to run propaganda and keep the people uninformed. In Fiji, there are three papers: two are basically government controlled and the other, the Fiji Times, is owned by Rupert Murdoch.

In early April 2010 the military dictatorship decreed that all media would have to be locally owned and controlled within 3 months. It is safe to assume that (the American) Rupert Murdoch doesn't like that idea.

What a coincidence, then, that we see Murdoch's Gold Coast Bulletin promoting tourism to Fiji just when he might be trying to sweet talk the dictator into giving him the usual exceptional treatment he has come to expect from governments all over the world when getting around the rules that apply to everyone else.

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