7 Mar 2011

Vanuatu newspaper publisher allegedly assaulted by cabinet minister

5:43 am on 7 March 2011

The publisher of Vanuatu's Daily Post newspaper, Marc Neil-Jones, says he intends pushing for cabinet minister, Harry Iauko, to be dismissed from government after the minister allegedly physically assaulted him.

The two men were both at the newspaper's office last Friday afternoon.

The Minister was unhappy with a report carried by the paper.

He has been spoken to by police but wasn't arrested.

Mr Neil Jones says he will work closely with the police and Transparency International to make sure the minister is dismissed from government for what he describes as outrageous behaviour.