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The contempt case of the 'Tongan three'

Volume 3, Issue 2

November, 1996

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Robie, D. (1996). The contempt case of the 'Tongan three'. Pacific Journalism Review, 3(2): 10-19.
Also translated articles by jailed editor Kalafi Moala and MP 'Akilisi Pohiva.
Author(s): David Robie
Publication date: 
November, 1996

Media commentators see the jailings of two Taimi 'o Tonga journalists and an MP whistleblower in Tonga as the most serious threat to media freedom in the South Pacific since the Fiji coups in 1987. But Fiji Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka sees the harsh move as a lesson for journalists. Other critics regard the issue as one of a need for greater professionalism.