FIJI BACKS DOWN, ALLOWS AUSSIE JOURNALISTS TO VISIT

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Reporters from ABC last week were denied visas

MELBOURNE, Australia (Radio Australia, July 1, 2008) - Fiji’s interim government has decided to support a visit by a delegation of program makers and officials from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Radio Australia’s parent company.

Last week the group was informed Fiji would not support the visit, and visas to enter Fiji would not be issued to the seven-member team -- stopping them from reporting in the country and also holding audience feedback sessions.

But the Director of ABC International, Murray Green, says he was informed earlier today that Fiji had decided to allow it.

"I heard this morning from the Fijian High Commission in Canberra," he said. "I think we had ongoing discussions; I think those discussions have been fruitful and I’m very grateful we’re able to visit Fiji."

The group arrives in Fiji on the July 11, and will then travel to American Samoa.

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