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Everyone has a right to speak freely: Naupoto

Opposition Member of Parliament, Viliame Naupoto says in a democracy, everyone has a right to speak freely on issues that they feel that are important to them and to the people.

He made the comment after Deputy Prime Minister Professor Biman Prasad’s call for the Fiji Police to investigate FijiFirst Member of Parliament Rinesh Sharma for his comments on crime and high cost of living.

“This is disastrous to building up our democracy,” said Naupoto.

“He makes the call for Police investigations even when he himself is factually wrong in his attribution to Hon Sharma.”

“As a Member of Parliament, Hon Sharma posted on the very serious matter of the high cost of living currently experienced in Fiji and the rising crime rate as reported widely by the media, obviously contrary to Hon Prasad’s view.”

“Hon Prasad should be reminded that to air an opposing view to his is not an offence, and that the usual response is to rebut with facts.”

He said the fact that Prof Prasad as a Deputy Prime Minister has publicly called on the Police to investigate Sharma puts pressure on the Fiji Police to do so and he hopes that the Fiji Police is not pressured.

“I also hope that Hon Prasad’s antics will not deter those who want to speak out on issues that matter to them.”

Reginald Chandar
Reginald Chandar
Head of News & Sports | news@fijilive.com

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