20 Jun 2014

Leading Pacific journalist barred from PIDF

7:12 pm on 20 June 2014

The group editor of Islands Business Magazine says he is still waiting for an explanation as to why his magazine was refused accreditation for this week's Pacific Islands Development Forum in Fiji.

Samisoni Pareti says he went through the usual process of applying for accreditation with the information ministry, but found out the night before that his application had been declined.

Mr Pareti says it's odd that one of the region's pre-eminent magazines was denied access to the PIDF.

"I suspect it's to do with my previous work, and that was when I was covering the PIDF last year for the ABC in Australia and I did get into some issue and debate with some of the media organisers who were running PIDF who were not happy with my reporting of the conference last year."

Samisoni Pareti says he asked the Ministry of Information for an explanation, but hasn't received one.