Fiji deports Murdoch newspaper publisher

Fiji's military government deported the Australian publisher of Rupert Murdoch's Fiji Times newspaper on Friday, after declaring him a threat to national security.

Fiji deports Murdoch newspaper publisher
Hannah was escorted by a soldier onto a Korean Airline flight to Seoul, despite a court order that he attend an appeal hearing against the deportation order, the newspaper said.

The Fiji government issued a statement on Friday saying Hannah acted in "a manner prejudicial to the peace, defence, public safety, public order, public morality, public health, security or good governance of the Fiji Islands".

National Security and Immigration Minister Ratu Epeli Ganilau said he wanted to explain Hannah's offences, but his statement failed to mention any specific offences.

"The security interests of the Sovereign State of Fiji at this point in time are of paramount importance. Mr Hannah was previously cautioned of the implications of his actions. He, however, chose to ignore this," said Ganilau.

The deportation comes after another Australian, Russell Hunter, publisher of the rival Fiji Sun newspaper, was deported in February for criticising Bainimarama's government.

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