Dreaver, Dor­ney and Field Ban Lifted

‘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’

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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.”

For­mer Aus­tralian Broad­cast­ing Cor­po­ra­tion Jour­nal­ist, Sean Dor­ney

TVNZ, Pa­cific Cor­re­spon­dent Bar­bara Dreaver.

For­mer Fair­fax Jour­nal­ist Michael Field

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