Fiji’s General Election – the calm before the storm? November 7th

PMC Seminar: Fiji’s General Election – the calm before the storm?
ACADEMIC MEDIA ASSIGNMENT IN FIJI
Fiji is facing a General Election soon – the second post-coup election with the first in 2014 – but the date has yet to be set. Fiji-born digital media postgraduate student and journalist Sri Krishnamurthi was in Fiji to prepare a series of pre-election reports during the mid-semester break. This was his first time back in his homeland for three decades since he was forced to leave in the wake of the 1987 military coups. One of the highlights of his trip was interviewing SODELPA leader Sitiveni Rabuka, the man who staged the first two coups and ushered in Fiji’s coup culture. The irony is that Fiji’s two major political parties, SODELPA and FijiFirst, are now both led by coup leaders. Sri Krishnamurthi has wide experience as a journalist, including 17 years with the now defunct NZ Press Association news agency, and as a communications manager. Share his insights into the political mood in Fiji and how the youth of the country are responding. He will also discuss the International Journalism Project that he undertook in partnership with AUT’s Pacific Media Centre and the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme.

Who: Sri Krishamurthi, Postgraduate digital media student and journalist

When: Wednesday, 7 November 2018, 4.30-6pm

Where: WG703 , Sir Paul Reeves Building, Auckland University of Technology, City Campus

Sri’s Fiji portfolio International Journalism Project: https://asiapacificreport.nz/category/intjourn-project/

PMC Event: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/events/pmc-seminar-fiji-s-general-election-calm-storm