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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...
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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