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Thursday, May 4th, 2017


Culture of fear exists in Tonga media – publisher


NUKU’ALOFA-May 4: 3:08pm(RNZI/ABC): Journalists fear doing their jobs after Tongan Prime Minister sacked leaders of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission, according to prominent publisher Kalafi Moala. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has forced the state broadcaster’s chair Tapu Panuve to resign, is looking to replace the general manager Nanise Fifita and has not ruled out other changes. “They’ve held her responsible for the kind of news information and attitude toward government that the journalists of the TBC have,” he said.

Eyes on Bati


SYDNEY, Australia-May 4: 3:03pm(Fiji Times): New rugby league sensation and Melbourne Storm’s Suliasi Vunivalu will be the secret weapon in the Pacific Test against Tonga in Australia this week. He has been named in an all-star line-up in his Fiji debut by coach Mick Potter. It is Fiji’s Test for the Rugby League World Cup in Australia at year end.

Leaders must defend objective, independent media: UN

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NEW YORK, USA-May 4: 1:48pm(UN NEWS CENTRE): In a “post-truth” world with “fake news” on the rise, and media accountability and credibility falling under question, free, independent and professional journalism has never been more important, the United Nations today said. “We need leaders to defend a free media. This is crucial to counter prevailing misinformation. And we need everyone to stand for our right to truth,” Secretary-General António Guterres said in a message to mark World Press Freedom Day. This year’s theme highlights media’s role in advancing peaceful, just and inclusiveRead More

Give Pacific democracies time to develop, says McKinnon

Sir Don Mckinnon, former Commonwealth Secretary General and deputy Prime Minister. (photo: Stuff.NZ)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand- May 4: 1:25pm(RNZI): A former Commonwealth secretary-general says Pacific Island countries shouldn’t be pushed too abruptly in their democratic development. Sir Don McKinnon last night delivered the latest in the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Lecture series at New Zealand’s parliament in Wellington. In his lecture ‘Dark Clouds Over Democracy’, Sir Don said democracy was facing big challenges but that it still offered a system everyone could participate in.



KINGSTON, Jamaica-May 4: 11:17am(Nuku’alofa Times): Digicel has entered into a sale and purchase agreement to acquire 100% of IDOM Technologies, it was announced today. Operating across the French Overseas Territories (in the West Indies and Indian Ocean), IDOM Technologies provides a wide range of ICT services spanning connectivity, voice and security services to over 800 business and public sector customers across a range of industries including insurance, commerce, financial services, health and automotive. As part of the deal, Digicel will acquire IDOM’s 265 kilometres of fibre optic network enhancing its reachRead More

Pacific islands speak in one voice on asbestos

Ms Lupe Matoto from Tonga spoke on behalf of all Pacific island Parties to the Rotterdam Convention to support the listing of chrysotile asbestos on the Annex III hazardous substances watchlist. Photo: A.Carvan/SPREP

GENEVA, Switzerland- May 4: 10:12am(SPREP): In Geneva today, Pacific island parties to the Rotterdam Convention joined together to speak in one voice on the issue of asbestos. Ms Lupe Matoto, representing Tonga, addressed the plenary on behalf of Cook Islands, Samoa, Republic of the Marshall Islands and Tonga which, collectively, are the Pacific island Parties to the Rotterdam Convention. The intervention was also supported by Kiribati which was present at the Convention but is not a Party. The Rotterdam Convention is a multilateral treaty to promote shared responsibilities in relation toRead More

Tonga’s PM says state broadcaster has failed in role

Prime Minister Akilisi Pohiva (photo: google images)

NUKU’ALOFA-May 4: 9:49am(RNZI): Tonga’s Prime Minister says the leadership of the state broadcaster has to change because it has been failing to fulfil its role for the past two years. ‘Akilisi Pohiva has had a tense relationship with the Tonga Broadcasting Commission (TBC) in recent times, labelling it an “enemy of the government” and criticising it for not supporting the government’s work. He has forced the TBC chair Tapu Panuve to resign, is looking to replace the general manager Nanise Fifita and has not ruled out other changes.