6 May 2008

Fiji Times adamant deportation won't affect paper's output

1:53 pm on 6 May 2008

The Fiji Times editor-in-chief Netani Rika is adamant the actions of the interim administration to deport Evan Hannah will not affect the paper's work.

He says the newspaper will continue to operate normally, and staff always aim to be fair and balanced in their reporting.

Mr Rika says criticism of the interim administration's policies is an opportunity to move Fiji forward.

But deporting the publisher Evan Hannah suggests the interim government wants to control the media.

"The indications we get leave us in no doubt that they are unhappy with what we have done so far and that they want to see a change."

As far as the company is concerned, Evan Hannah is still the publisher of the Fiji Times.

Tomorrow, the high court in Suva will review the authorities' actions in removing Mr Hannah.