UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH PACIFIC REJECTS ALLEGATIONS AGAINST LECTURERS

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (August 31, 1998 - Radio New Zealand International/Pasifik Nius/Niuswire)---The University of the South Pacific has rejected allegations that its two journalism lecturers have breached their work permits, Radio New Zealand International reports.

New Zealanders David Robie and Ingrid Leary are reported to have been under government investigation for publishing articles on the Internet and in a local newspaper, and teaching at a local journalism institute.

But in a statement, the registrar of the university, Sarojni Pillay, said the lecturers are carrying out their normal duties.

She said both have the freedom to carry out academic research and publish in their areas of expertise.

The USP Staff Association has also defended the two lecturers, saying they are doing outstanding work.

And a senior regional journalism student, Duran Angiki of the Solomon Islands, says the allegations are malicious.

The government investigations are reported to have started after complaints from unnamed members of the Fiji public [and from the Ministry of Information].

Title -- 1678 EDUCATION: USP rejects allegations against lecturers Date -- 31 August 1998 Byline -- None Origin -- Pasifik Nius Source -- Radio NZ International, 31/8/98 Copyright -- RNZI Status -- Unabridged This document is for educational and personal use only. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright source before reprinting. PASIFIK NIUS service is provided by the niusedita via the Journalism Program, University of the South Pacific. Please acknowledge Pasifik Nius: niusedita@pactok.net.au http://www.usp.ac.fj/www/usp/soh/journ/nius/index.html

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