Dreaver ‘thrilled’ to report in Fiji again

New Zealand journalist Barbara Dreaver was given special permission earlier this year to land in Fiji for just one hour to change planes for a reporting trip to Kiribati. Image: TVNZ

By TJ Aumua in Auckland

Pacific journalist Barbara Dreaver says she is ‘thrilled’ to be able to report in Fiji again, after being blacklisted from the country for eight-years.

The TVNZ Pacific Correspondent told Asia Pacific Report that it is a “promising move” by the Fiji government and said an open and free media is a corner stone of democracy.

This comes after the announcement made by the Fiji government this week, that it had lifted the ban on foreign journalists reporting in the country as long as they have been accredited in the usual manner by the Department of Information.

Fiji Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama is currently in New Zealand on his first state visit to the country.

Listen to the interview with Pacific journalist Barbara Dreaver:

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TJ Aumua is Pacific Media Watch freedom project contributing editor for the Pacific Media Centre (2016). She is a recent graduate of Auckland University of Technology with a Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours) degree and with a BCS majoring in journalism and a minor in screen writing. TJ is also a contributor for the PMC Online and Asia Pacific Report and has been a recent summer research intern with Pacific Journalism Review.