An Australian newspaper publisher has been deported from Fiji amid concerns over freedom of speech an human rights in the country.

Ewan Hannah, the publisher of the Fiji Times was put on a flight to South Korea after a judge ruled he had broken visa conditions. This makes him the second Australian journalist to have been expelled from the country in recent months.

Fijis government, which came to power in a coup in 2006, has been widely criticised by rights groups and governments in the region.

The deportation of Mr Hannah came a day after interim Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama, who led the 2006 coup, launched a blistering attack on the island-nations media.

Over the past year some media reporting has left much to be desired and some reports have been careless [and] irresponsible, the Fijilive website quoted him as saying.

Some [reports] have been inciteful and destabilising, posing a threat to national security and stability.

He said there were limits to the constitutional guarantee of press freedom.

Fijis press was highly critical of the move, saying that it was part of a campaign of harassment against journalists.