FIJI BROADCAST EXECUTIVE BARRED FROM LEAVING COUNTRY

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SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, July 5) – The former CEO of the Fiji Broadcasting Corporation, Francis Herman, was stopped from leaving the country last night.

Director Immigration Viliame Naupoto told fijilive.com that Herman's name is in the immigration watchlist and he was told not to board the flight at Nadi International Airport.

"He was not detained," said Naupoto, while declining to explain reasons for the travel restrictions on Herman.

Herman has just stepped down as head of Fiji Broadcasting after working there for the past 24 years.

He cited personal reasons and said that he had successfully applied for the position of "programme advisor" for Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Limited.

Several well-known Fiji citizens have also been told they could not leave the country in recent weeks.

Naupoto said that some of the names on the list were submitted by the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption.

Herman was to have flown to Australia yesterday to address a conference of communications professionals.

One of the organisers of the conference, John Tebbutt, told the Australian media that the decision by Fiji's interim Government will not put them in a good light, and he can not work out what they hope to achieve by it.

He says the delegates to the conference will be outraged by the travel restrictions placed on Herman.

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