FIJI TIMES LODGES APPEAL OVER EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S WORK PERMIT ROW

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SUVA, Fiji Islands (January 6, 2000 – Radio Australia)---The Fiji Times has lodged a writ with the country's High Court against the government's refusal to extend a work permit for the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Russell Hunter.

The writ was filed after the Fiji government gave Russell Hunter one month to leave the country, to make way for a potential local who is qualified to do the job.

The government last week rejected an appeal by the Fiji Times to grant Hunter a three-year extension, instead giving him one month to conclude outstanding business and personal matters and leave the country.

Mr. Hunter's original work permit expired on the last day of 1999.

The case is expected to be heard in the High Court late this month or early next month.

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