Evan Hannah deported from Fiji

Authorities said publisher was a threat

HONG KONG — The publisher of the News Corp.-owned Fiji Times newspaper was deported from Fiji on Friday morning, accused of being a threat to national security.

Authorities also said Evan Hannah had breached his work permit.

Hannah is the second journalist in three months to be expelled by the military regime, which took over in late 2006.

In February, Russell Hunter, publisher of Fijian daily The Sun, was deported for what Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama called “destabilizing” reporting.

Hannah was expected to be put on a flight to Sydney, but the paper obtained a court hearing set for Friday morning that stayed his departure.

Despite that, immigration officials collected him from his home on Friday and put him on a Korean Air flight bound for Seoul.

Fiji’s media has been regularly harassed since the coup. Government troops occupied the offices of some media companies and demanded the right to scrutinize reports before they were aired or published.

“This is the third time in a little over a year that the safety of our employees and the freedom of the press have been seriously threatened by Fijian authorities,” said John Hartigan, the chairman and chief executive of News Ltd.

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