Newsroom: ‘It’s Fiji: Anything can happen’

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Newsroom co-editor Mark Jennings, investigations editor Melanie Reid and freelance cameraman Hayden Aull were detained by Fijian police after they were accused of trespassing. Mark Jennings writes of an unexpected night in Suva.

Police stations, anywhere in the world, are not great places to be spending time, but Totogo, in downtown Suva, is one of the least pleasant.

It’s old, dilapidated and has a menacing air.

We were there after an employee of Freesoul Real Estate, a Chinese-backed development company, laid a complaint against us.

Freesoul are developing the largest resort in Fiji, possibly the largest in the South Pacific, on Malolo Island in Fiji’s Mamanucas group.

Newsroom has been investigating the environmental destruction caused by the developers and spent this week on Malolo.

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