27 Feb 2008

Reporters Without Borders condemns deportation of Fiji Sun publisher

10:45 am on 27 February 2008

The international journalists' organisation, Reporters Without Borders, has condemned the arrested and deportation of the publisher of the Fiji Sun, Russell Hunter.

Mr Hunter, who is an Australian citizen, was flown to Sydney and declared a prohibited immigrant that posed a risk to Fiji's security after the paper carried stories about the tax affairs of the interim finance minister, Mahendra Chaudhry.

Reporters Without Borders says Mr Hunter's expulsion is unacceptable and contrary to all of the Fiji government's international undertakings.

It says this arbitrary decision deprives the Fiji Sun of its publisher and managing editor and sends a disturbing signal to other Fiji journalists thinking of publishing information that could upset the authorities.

The organisation calls on the interim prime minister, Commodore Frank Bainimarama, to reverse the decision.