Welcome to Fiji, Ms Fussell

Fussell to lead The Fiji Times

Simon Canning | February 04, 2009

The Australian

Just weeks after the deportation of the managing director of The Fiji Times by the interim government, News Limited has named a new executive to the post.

Anne Fussell, group editorial intellectual property manager for News Limited in Australia, takes over the role next week.

Her appointment comes following the interim government’s decision to deport managing director Rex Gardner in January.

Mr Gardner was the latest media executive to be subject to deportation orders in Fiji following the removal of Fiji Times editor Evan Hannah in May of last year amid claims he was a security threat.

Russell Hunter, Australian publisher of The Fiji Sun, was also deported last year.

Ms Fussell’s lengthy career includes stints at The Sun in the UK, The Courier Mail in Brisbane and as an assistant editor of The Australian where she was part of a team which won the Walkley Award for best use of the medium.

News Limited chairman and chief executive John Hartigan said the decision to appoint Ms Fussell to the role underlined News Limited’s commitment to the Fiji Times stable of papers.

“They will remain free and independent publications with the full support of News Limited,” Mr Hartigan said.

“Anne Fussell is one of our most experienced senior executives and she brings with a a wealth of knowledge across all aspects of the business.”

Ms Fussell said she understood the challenges that had faced journalists working in Fiji.

“(I’m) excited and delighted to be joining the team in Fiji, who over the past 18 months, have continued to operate in the most professional manner during a number of extraordinarily challenging situations,” Ms Fussell said.

Ends

 Welcome to the fun, Ms Fussell.  I wish you all the best in your efforts, and pray that in your role you will support our path back to Democracy, Elections and the Rule of Law. 

 God bless Fiji

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