“I DON’T accept bribes” is the slogan for the nationwide anti-bribery training programs which will be rolled out through 2021.

This was made through a partnership with the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC) and the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UNPRAC) Project.

This video was launched as part of the International Anti-Corruption Day celebrations on December 9, 2020 and to also mark the launch of the “I don’t accept bribes” badge and campaign.

While I commend FICAC and UNPRAC for making the clip, the 31-second video is a contradiction in terms. The video shows an unidentified man asking a worker to do something seemingly unethical and the worker rightly refuses to do it.

Then the man slides an envelope to the worker who opens the envelope and sees a $100 note. He mulls over the consequences of accepting the bribe. He visualises himself going to jail and his distraught daughter crying as he is led to jail. So he shakes his head and returns the envelope to the man without any anger or disgust at the corrupt mentality of the man who offers him the bribe.

This implies that the reason he is not accepting the bribe is only because of the devastating consequences of doing so which really defeats the purpose of the message. The video would have been more effective if the thought of accepting the bribe had never entered his mind. This could have been done by showing that he was absolutely livid at being bribed and perhaps report the man to the police.