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The Tongan Constitution guarantees free speech and media freedom but this guarantee has often been misunderstood and misinterpreted by the media industry, the government and politicians alike. Freedom of speech was integrated into the Constitution...
Constitutional guarantees of free speech and media freedom are well established 'on paper' in most South Pacific nations. How these gurantees are interpreted is constantly a source of tension between policitans, media practicioners and...
If publisher Kalafi Moala had wanted to bring attention to Tonga's lopsided political system he couldn't have done it better than writing Island Kingdom Strikes Back. Since its release in late 2002, the book has continued to fuel debate about the...
'This was my first visit to Tonga in three years after I was kicked out of the country and banned ... My "crime" My newspaper has reported on things that have not given Tonga a good image overseas. So they say..'
On 23 August 1996, all the nine People's Representatives met and agreed to submit to the Parliament of Tonga a petition for the impeachment of the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General Tevita Poasi Tupou based on Section 75 of the Constitution.
'Despite the fact that we were given an opportunity to address the [Tongan] Parliament and our [Moala and Akau'ola] legal representive was permitted to pose questions relating to the legality of the proceeding, I already felt that we would be found...
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...
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