17 Oct 2016

Fiji says journo ban is lifted

9:09 am on 17 October 2016

Fiji is lifting the remaining bans on foreign journalists who want to enter the country.

The ban has affected two New Zealanders, former Fairfax journalist Michael Field and TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver, as well as Australia's veteran Pacific reporter Sean Dorney.

TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver in Fiji

TVNZ's Barbara Dreaver could be reporting from Fiji again soon Photo: screenshot / TVNZ

The Department of Information said any journalist would be free to visit the country and report without restriction once they had been accredited by the department.

The statement said the government has established a robust democracy in Fiji and has no fear of honest criticism or critical reporting of events in the country.

Michael Field indicated, despite the lifting, he will not be returning to the country until the Australia-based academic Brij Lal is also allowed in Fiji.

The Fijian-born Mr Lal was expelled from the country in 2009 and barred from returning.

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