5 May 2008

Deported publisher of the Fiji Times to meet lawyers shortly

5:41 am on 5 May 2008

The deported publisher of the Fiji Times, Evan Hannah, says he plans to meet his lawyers shortly to work out a response to being thrown out of Fiji.

Mr Hannah, an Australian citizen, was arrested last Thursday night and deported the next day to Sydney via Korea, in defiance of a High court order to keep him in the country.

Fiji's Minister of Defence, National Security & Immigration, Ratu Epeli Ganilau said the removal order was based on credible evidence and advice and Mr Hannah's actions were breaching the national security of Fiji.

But Evan Hannah says he is still puzzled as to what actions could be to blame.

He says the only thing he can think of are letters which the paper has been publishing about the interim government's National Council for Building a Better Fiji,.

Mr Hannah says the paper publishes both letters supporting the Council and also those critising it.

"The government does not seem to agree that publishing anything that criticises that process is in fact a free and fair media, I think that's the only thing I can think of."