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Vanuatu: Media director barred from reuniting with his family

, Index number: ASA 44/1489/2019

Last week, the Vanuatu government cancelled the residency visa and refused to renew a work permit for Dan McGarry, media director of the Daily Post. On Saturday 16 November 2019, McGarry was refused permission to board a plane in Brisbane, where he had been attending a conference, in order to return to his family in Vanuatu. Amnesty International calls on the government of Vanuatu to uphold the right to freedom of expression and media freedom in the country, which includes the freedom to criticize government policies and actions without fear of reprisals. Journalists and media workers should not be punished or otherwise intimidated solely for peacefully expressing their opinions.

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