22 Oct 2003

More media restrictions enacted in Tonga

11:11 am on 22 October 2003

The Tongan Government has pushed through another law which will extend its control over the country's media.

The Newspaper Act was passed this morning (tues) and follows last week's amendments to the Constitution and the Media Operators Act passed in July.

The new measure is aimed at regulating newspapers and controlling their content.

But pro-democracy MP, Dr Fred Sevele, says the new law is disturbing and draconian.

"some of the provisions in the Act are such that newspapers will be heavily regulated to the point that I think that if there are political contents that are critical of the Government, they may not be given a licence"