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Michael Hartsell

My name is Michael Hartsell. Presently I work as a project manager at a public relations firm near Seattle, Washington. I studied Communication & Media at a university in Australia. Ok, actually a few universities. I fell in love with Fiji when I first traveled there in 1998.

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Latest posts by Michael Hartsell

2 December 2010

Fiji Water agrees to new tax and re-opens plant in Fiji

Fiji Water agreed to pay a new water resources tax and re-opened the doors to its bottling factory, bringing back 400 workers who had been laid off the day before....

30 November 2010

Fiji Water closes the tap and leaves Fiji

After squabbling with Fiji's government, the US-based premium water company Fiji Water closed its bottling plant and canceled its contracts. While the company's leaders hope to strike a deal with...

26 November 2010

Fiji: Government explains deportation of Fiji Water boss

Fiji's government says David Roth, Fiji Water’s local representative, was kicked out of the country because he was interfering with internal affairs. Is this the real reason? What will the...

20 November 2010

What does Fiji's government want from Fiji Water?

Fiji Water, the expensive beverage in a square bottle, has created one of the richest brands in the world. Does Fiji’s military government want a piece of it?

3 September 2010

Fiji: New protections for anti-government bloggers?

Fiji: How committed is government to 2014 elections?

Has Rupert Murdoch declared war on Fiji?

Fiji's military leaders are pushing for the sale of the country's oldest newspaper, the Fiji Times, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited. Has the media mogul retaliated by...

1 July 2010

Fiji: Will new media laws lead to better reporting?

Claiming it will introduce media transparency and responsible reporting, Fiji’s government enacted new media rules, establishing a code of conduct for journalists, strengthening local ownership stipulations and creating a set...

15 June 2010

Fiji: Tackling the land tenure issue

Because of its ties to ethnicity, culture and a growing import food bill, land tenure is one of Fiji’s most pressing problems. The government will soon attempt to reform the...

8 April 2010

Fiji: New media oversight proposed

Fiji's journalists have been working under tough conditions since the country's military government abrogated the constitution last year. Now, that government has released plans to oversee Fiji's media.

14 September 2009

Fiji: Bloggers debate Amnesty International findings

Bloggers in Fiji and around the Pacific are debating a recent Amnesty International report chronicling the island nation’s human rights record since the country’s president abrogated the constitution April 10

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