WELLINGTON, Feb. 26 (Xinhua) -- Russell Hunter, editor in chief of Fiji Sun, a daily newspaper in Fiji, has been declared a prohibited immigrant by the Fiji interim government, the Suva-based PACNEWS reported on Tuesday.
"This declaration follows an investigation by relevant authorities which, clearly established that Mr. Hunter was conducting himself in a manner prejudicial to the peace, defense, public safety, public order, security and stability of the sovereign state of the Fiji Islands," said a statement issued by the office of the defense and national security minister.
"As the recipient of a work permit from the Government of Fiji, it was incumbent upon Mr. Hunter to be vigilant of his status as a foreign national resident and working in Fiji," it said.
But the statement fell short of explaining what the newspaper executive did to warrant his status as a prohibited immigrant.
Hunter's wife, a Papua New Guinean national, and their daughter have been given 14 days to leave the country, the PACNEWS reported.
Following the defense ministry statement, Interim Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama issued another statement, assuring the nation that media freedom was secure and guaranteed.
He maintained that while the government's commitment to media freedom stands, the media must recognize that there are limitations to constitutional guarantees on media freedom and freedom of the press.