5 May 2008

Fiji leader says more expats in the media likely to face deportation

7:28 pm on 5 May 2008

Fiji's interim Prime Minister-Commodore Frank Bainimarama has revealed that the Fiji Times publisher Evan Hannah will not be the last expatriate to be deported.

The Pacnews agency reports that in a heart to heart meeting with the heads of news media and the Fiji Media Council this afternoon, Commodore Bainimarama said he was not at liberty to explain why Mr Hannah was deported, but said that others are likely to follow.

Commodore Bainimarama said there have been regular articles that were inciteful in the media and he called for balance and fair reporting.

He says the last thing he would want to do is close down the media and his interim government should not be likened to Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe.

Commodore Bainimarama called on the media to work with the current government to move the country forward.

The interim Government and media representatives have agreed to meet monthly to iron out differences.

The media also called for better and timely responses from government on various issues which Commodore Bainimarama said his government would work on.

He also revealed that former military spokesman Major Neumi Leweni would be recalled from China to work with the media.