Banned journalists to be allowed Fiji access - reports

11:16 pm on 16 October 2016

Fiji's government is lifting the remaining bans on foreign journalists who want to enter the country, the Fiji Times Online is reporting.

A statue of the Fiji statesman Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna stands guard outside Fiji's government buildings, Suva

A statue of Fijian statesman Ratu Sir Lala Sukuna stands guard outside Fiji's government buildings, Suva. Photo: RNZI/Sally Round

The ban has affected two New Zealand journalists, Fairfax's Michael Field and TV One's Barbara Dreaver.

The Times quoted the country's Department of Information, which said in a statement any journalist would be free to visit the country and report without restriction once they had been accredited by the department.

Mr Field said he was yet to receive official notification his ban has been lifted.

"The statement that we're talking about has come from third party sources with no name attached to it.

"So I will immediately begin ... asking the the Fiji Ministry of Information 'is this this real'."

The department has not responded to an RNZ request for comment.

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