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Friday, May 02, 2008

Fiji Times Publisher Deported

Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah was escorted from his home this evening, and taken to Nadi International Airport to be deported out of the country.

Fiji Television showed footage of Hannah driven out of Suva in darkness as reporters and cameramen from FijiTV and the Fiji Times followed.

Fiji Times editor-in-chief Netani Rika said he is unaware of where the three Immigration officers and policeman are taking Hannah.

"It’s a disturbing event," he said. "We had just heard the interim Prime Minister assure the nation of media freedom two days before Media Freedom Day (on May 3)."

Fiji Sun publisher Australian Russel Hunter was deported by the authorities in February this year.

Source: Fijilive

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