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Australia: Fiji's deportation of Australian publisher unacceptable
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13:47, February 26, 2008

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Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith said here on Tuesday the deportation of an Australian publisher from Fiji was "totally unacceptable".

"The fact that the Fiji authorities detained and removed an Australian citizen without any advice to the Australian government or providing consular access is totally unacceptable," he told Australian Associated Press.

Russell Hunter, 59, managing director and publisher of the FijiSun newspaper, arrived in Sydney on Tuesday after being put on a flight from Fiji's Nadi international airport.

Hunter said he believed his newspaper's reports about alleged tax evasion involving Mahendra Chaudhry, a minister in Fiji's interim government, may have been the catalyst for his deportation.

Australia has protested the deportation with the Fiji government and has called on it to respect the rights and civil liberties of all citizens and residents.  

Source: Xinhua

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