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Dreaver, Dorney And Field Ban Lifted

Foreign journalists who were previously banned from entering Fiji are now allowed to enter the country. A Government statement said: “The Government originally instituted these bans, because it believed that
17 Oct 2016 11:00
Dreaver, Dorney And Field Ban Lifted
From left: TVNZ, Pacific Correspondent Barbara Dreaver, Former Fairfax Journalist Michael Field, Former Australian Broadcasting Corporation Journalist, Sean Dorney

Foreign journalists who were previously banned from entering Fiji are now allowed to enter the country.

A Government statement said: “The Government originally instituted these bans, because it believed that some journalists had crossed the line from journalism to political advocacy and had inserted themselves into the domestic political debate.

The three journalists who had been banned from entering Fiji were Barbara Dreaver, the Pacific Correspondent for One News, TVNZ, Sean Dorney, formerly an Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC/Australian Network) Journalist, and Former Fairfax journalist Michael Field.

“The Fijian Government has lifted any remaining bans on individual foreign journalists wishing to visit and report on events in Fiji,” the statement said.

“Any journalist is free to visit the country and report without restriction after they are accredited in the usual manner by the Department of Information.

“We have established a robust democracy in Fiji and have no fear of honest criticism or critical reporting of events in the country.

“But the Government reminds foreign journalists of their universal obligation to report events fairly and in a balanced manner.”

Edited by Maraia Vula

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