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Media Council criticises deportation of Fiji Sun publisher
Title -- 5328 FIJI: Media Council criticises deportation of Fiji Sun publisher
Date -- 26 February 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Radio Fiji.com 26/02/08
Copyright - RF
Status -- Unabridged
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DISAPPOINTMENT SHARED OVER HUNTER'S DEPARTURE
SUVA (Radio Fiji Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Fiji Media Council has shown its disappointment over the deportation of the Fiji Sun newspaper publisher to Australia this morning.
Media Council chairman Daryl Tarte says if publisher Russell Hunter was deported because of his working permit, then immigration officials have ways to deal with the issue.
Tarte says officials should have approached and dealt with Hunters issues during working hours and not at his private residence last night where immigration officials picked him up from.
Next I hear that he is on the next plane out of Fiji. Now I understand also that his working permit has got another 18 months to run.
To take in Mr Hunter last night and then treat him as a criminal seems to be is a wrong way to deal with him. I am disappointed that this has happened.
I dont know the full story, maybe there is another story but I will say that this is not a way to treat a citizen of Fiji or anyone who comes here to work on a permit, there is a way to deal with this kind of issues, he said.
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