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TONY JONES, PRESENTER: With its grip tightly wrapped around the political levers of Fiji, the
military government has extended its control to the fourth estate.

The country's new censorship rules have now ensnared the foreign media.

The ABC's pacific correspondent Sean Dorney is tonight with immigration officials after being hit
with a deportation order for his coverage of the constitutional crisis.

The Australian Government has condemned what it calls intimidation by Fiji's military rulers.

From Canberra, Susan McDonald reports.

SUSAN MCDONALD: Censored into silence. The news in Fiji isn't making it into the nation's TV
bulletins or newspapers. Frank Bainimarama has heightened his grip on the media to block any
negative reporting on his latest military controls.

BRIJ LAL, FIJI POLITICS EXPERT: Military and police and now stationed in all the newsrooms in Fiji.

SUSAN MCDONALD: The Australian media slipped through the prohibition net until now. Shut out of
press conferences...

SEAN DORNEY, ABC PACIFIC CORRESPONDENT: We've been told this swearing in is for the local media

SUSAN MCDONALD: The ABC's pacific correspondent Sean Dorney is now being booted out of the country.

SEAN DORNEY: I was told by a senior official that under the new regulations they were not pleased
with the way I was reporting.

SUSAN MCDONALD: Immigration officials ordered him to check out of his Suva hotel and escorted him o
Nadi to be deported tomorrow.

SEAN DORNEY: There was no rancour, no anger, and I just said, yes, I was prepared to leave the
country if they wanted me to go.

SUSAN MCDONALD: The Government has also issued marching orders to a New Zealand journalist and

SEAN DORNEY: Giving the restrictions they've placed upon the local media, I'm not surprised that
they don't want foreign journalists here telling the rest of the world what you people aren't
allowed to tell your own people.

SUSAN MCDONALD: This evening, police arrested the first Fiji journalist under the new rules.

Fiji's neighbours are outraged over the media crackdown.

STEPHEN SMITH, FOREIGN AFFAIRS MINISTER: And we condemn absolutely the censorship and the
intimidation that we have seen, and we condemn that whether it involves journalists who happen to
be Australian citizens or journalists who are Fiji citizens.

SIR PAUL REEVES, COMMONWEALTH ENVOY: Now we are seeing that they are affecting the amount or the
quality and the nature of the news that's coming out. I think that is, really, very serious.

SUSAN MCDONALD: After the sacking of judges, scrapping the constitution and deferring of elections,
Paul Reeves says international retribution is inevitable and will be fierce.

PAUL REEVES: We may well find that Fiji is kicked out of the Commonwealth.

SUSAN MCDONALD: Other say at the very least, suspended from the Pacific Islands Forum.

BRIJ LAL: There's a lot of anger, a lot of frustration that is simmering beneath the surface, and
this kind of clamping down will be hugely counterproductive on the interim administration.

SUSAN MCDONALD: Australia's Foreign Minister has declared the military regime a sham and a
dictatorship. Stephen Smith says if Frank Bainimarama doesn't reverse his latest power grab and
call elections soon, Fiji will be suspended from international organisations.

The diplomatic retaliation could come as early as next month.

STEPHEN SMITH: Already our officials have been in contact with Pacific Island Forum countries, the
United Nations and the Commonwealth, to see what further steps the international community can

SUSAN MCDONALD: The tensions haven't spilled over to Fiji's streets where tourists are welcome,
foreign journalists are not.

Susan McDonald, Lateline.