5 Oct 2010

New newspaper launched in Tonga

4:06 pm on 5 October 2010

A new full colour newspaper for women has been launched in Tonga, targeting mainly women readers in rural areas.

The bilingual 'Faite' paper, published with articles in English and Tongan, was set up by two women hoping to fill a gap in the newspaper market with stories about women, family and youth.

Editor and former journalist, Ani Lupi Fotu 'Akolo, says often women in rural areas struggle to get access to relevant and up-to-date information on issues that are important to them.

"We don't want it to be very expensive, we'd rather sell it at a price where women can afford it out in the rural areas. We'd like to reach out to the rural areas. We'd like to target mostly women. It's not like everyday type of news. So we see it as I dont think it will compete with the other papers."

Ani Lupi Fotu 'Akolo says they plan for the paper to come out fortnightly, with the first two issues being free, before charging 50 US cents, or 1 pa'aga, for a copy.