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The first premier of the People’s Republic of China, Zhou Enlai (1949-1976), when asked about the impact of the late eighteenth century French Revolution, supposedly responded that it was too early to tell. Apocryphal or not, his ‘long view’ always...
Much criticism of both the local and international media’s role during the May 2000 coup in Fiji emerged after the crisis. Critics included editors and journalists of the local and international media and political and historical analysts who knew...
At 10.45am on the morning of 19 May 2000, Fiji’s Parliament was disrupted when six gunmen entered and demanded the government step down. This is how it happened: Mr Speaker: (Standing up) What is this? Stranger No. 1: This is a civil coup, hold...
Government by the Gun starts with a brief overview of the events of May 2000: the seizure of Parliament and government hostages; the military takeover, abrogation of Fiji's 1997 Constitution and dismissal of President Ratu Mara; weeks of tension, as...
There will be enough burgers for all of the poor Tailevu and surrounding districts. All customers are required to pay cash for in advance for their burgers. No cheques or credit cards please. 
Truth is always the first casualty in conflict, aided and abetted by half or part truth plus the blundering hands, heads, and pens of the less intellectual revolutionaries. ...The hostage government is paying for poorly written propaganda. 
Sitiveni Moce, a 37-year-old Sun photojournalist, was beaten by rebels in the Fiji Parliament during the Speight coup crisis in full view of other media. Siti says he glad that none of his media colleagues tried to take pictures of him being...
Hours after a mob attached Fiji Television and cut transmission for almost 48 hours, the University of the South Pacific pulled the plug on the website, fearing a similar raid on the sprawling Laucala campus. Undaunted, the students were offered an...
Fiji Television's Close-Up programme on 28 May 2000 featured an outspoken media analysis of the [George Speight] insurrection and this led to an attack on the station's studio and offices by a mob of Speight supporters. This is a transcript of the...
Poolside rumours at the Centra and the media peddling of them had much to answer for in foreign coverage of the Fiji coup. One reporter was an extreme example of the Stockholm Syndrome but others who remained in Parliament day after day also quickly...
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