Tonga - Alerts
"A media industry which welcomes and responds to public complaints sets a standard of credibility because it helps raise public awareness of what a free and vibrant media achieves," said PFF Chair Susuve Laumaea.
PFF believes that an open and transparent media complaints process could have kept 12 media workers employed and a controversial FM radio station on the air.
Signs that Tonga's new leadership will review the longstanding entry ban on New Zealand journalist Michael Field are being welcomed by PFF.
The communications minister's mention of plans to legislate print media controls "must be fully exposed and debated in a free and open media environment," says PFF.
(PINA/IFEX) - The following is a 23 April 2008 PINA press release:
(PINA/IFEX) - The following is a 13 October 2004 PINA statement:
(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has condemned the arrest of pro-democracy activist Alani Taione on 18 February 2004. Taione was arrested for distributing about 20 copies of the banned news weekly "Taimi 'o Tonga" ("Times of Tonga") upon his arrival in Tonga from New Zealand, where he resides.
(CPJ/IFEX) - In a 17 February 2004 letter to King Taufa'ahau Tupou IV, CPJ expressed its grave concern about the government's use of restrictive new media laws to silence several publications in Tonga.
(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is a 16 February 2004 IFJ media release:
(RSF/IFEX) - RSF has criticised Tongan King Taufaahau Tupou IV's decision to sign constitutional amendments and reintroduce press laws that allow his government to maintain a ban on the independent newspaper "Taimi o' Tonga". The king signed the amendments into law on 5 December 2003.
(RSF/IFEX) - On 28 May 2003, RSF protested what it called the "illegal" refusal of the Tongan government to allow copies of the newspaper "Taimi 'o Tonga" into the country, despite a 26 May Supreme Court order lifting a three-month-old ban.
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