FIJI REGIME SAYS IT WELCOMES FOREIGN JOURNALISTS

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Spokesman says they must report accurately, responsibly

SUVA, Fiji (Fijilive, April 29, 2009) – Foreign journalists are welcome to visit Fiji under the current public emergency regulations and report accurately and responsibly, says government spokesman Major Neumi Leweni.

"In fact, government has not stopped foreign media representatives prior to the emergency regulations and even under the current circumstances. They are most welcome to visit Fiji," Leweni said in a statement.

"It is also important for the foreign media to come and see for themselves that life in the country is moving on as normal," he said.

Leweni said it was the practice in any other country that foreign journalists who breached their visa conditions were asked to leave the country.

"Fiji is no exception," he said.

"Journalists who have been deported because they breached visa conditions would not be allowed back into the country."

Foreign media representatives wanting to visit Fiji are required to apply to the permanent secretary for Information stating the reason and the dates of their visit.

The applications will be considered based on how the journalists have reported about Fiji in the past "or on the perception that they will report accurately and responsibly", said Leweni.

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