War of words erupt between Sayed-Khaiyum and Prasad on Qorvis motion

War of words erupt between Sayed-Khaiyum and Prasad on Qorvis motion

By Vijay Narayan
Thursday 13/07/2017
Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum and Opposition MP Biman Prasad

The Minister for Economy and Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum says that the claims made by the Leader of NFP, Professor Biman Prasad that certain media organizations get directives from Qorvis to only cover stories in favour of the government and against the opposition are complete and utter nonsense.

This was after there was heated exchange in parliament as a motion to decrease the budget allocation for Qorvis Communications was moved by the Opposition.

$1 million has been allocated for services from Qorvis Communications which is an international public relations, advertising, media relations and crisis communications firm.

While moving the motion during the Committee of Supply for the 2017/2018 National Budget, Professor Prasad said the government does not need Qorvis Communications.

Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed‑Khaiyum then told Biman Prasad to stop speculating about Qorvis. He then went on to say that Prasad is having coffee with those at Motibhais, the owners of The Fiji Times Limited.

Meanwhile Motibhai Group of Companies has said in a statement that it disagrees with the comments made by the Minister for Economy in parliament.

The company says they have an iconic restaurant named ZigZag Café which is attached to their flagship Prouds Store in Nadi and people from all walks of life come to the restaurant on a daily basis.

It says as a customer service, people from Motibhai Group often have tea or coffee with customers who walk into the store in Nadi.

The statement also says that the Fiji Times newsroom operates independently without any influence from its owners ‑ Motibhai Group.

When asked about the issue by Fijivillage, Biman Prasad maintained that they do not want Qorvis.

Fijivillage then told Prasad that our newsroom does not get any directives from Qorvis to only cover stories in favour of the government and against the opposition.

Prasad says it is only for certain media organizations but he did not say which media outlets.

Five Squares Father's Day Sale
Five Squares Father's Day Sale

Latest Videos

Stay tuned for the latest news on our radio stations

CFL radio frequencies
2022 Coca-Cola Games
Fiji Secondary Schools Athletics Association General Secretary, Vuli Waqa says they are expecting around 2,500 athletes from 135 schools to participate in this year’s Fiji Finals.
7 days ago

Commonwealth Games 2022
98 athletes carry the hopes of the nation to the 2022 Commonwealth Games
14 days ago

2022-2023 National Budget Debate
The 2022/2023 National Budget Debate full coverage.
20 days ago
2022 Coca Cola Games : Holy Cross leads the Girls Division while QVS remains in first place in the Boys Division after Day 1
Holy Cross College from Taveuni leads the 2022 Coca Cola Games medal tally in the Girls Division with 2 gold and 2 silver while Queen Victoria School ...
5 hours ago
FEO launches revamped General Elections app
You will now be able to get the results of the 2022 General Elections on the palm of your hands following the launch of the revamped General ...
5 hours ago

ITF recommends urgent independent review and reform of the FNPF governance structure
A new study of the Fiji National Provident Fund by the International Transport Workers Federation has recommended an urgent independent review and ...
6 hours ago

Tavailagi of RKS sets new record in Sub Junior Boys Long Jump and also qualifies for 100 metres finals
A new record has been set by Aminiasi Tavailagi of Ratu Kadavulevu School in the Sub Junior Boys Long Jump, and he has also qualified for the 100 ...
6 hours ago

Tough tussle in the Senior Girls 100 metres with MGM’s Boletakanakadavu and Saint Joseph’s Sec Seeto clocking 12 seconds
A tough tussle is expected in the Senior Girls 100 metres final tomorrow as Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School’s Kesaia Boletanakadavu and Saint ...
6 hours ago

Inoke of MGM clocks 10.80 seconds and favourite to win the Blue Ribbon event
Waisale Inoke of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial School will go in as the favourite to win the Senior Boys 100 metres tomorrow after clocking the fastest ...
6 hours ago