24 Jan 2020

Media watchdog calls for 'transparency' over Tonga suspensions

From , 5:01 am on 24 January 2020

The Pacific Freedom Forum says the suspension of three workers from the Tonga Broadcasting Commission sends a chilling message to journalists working for the public broadcaster.

Setita Tu'ionetoa, Salamo Fulivai and Vilisoni Tu'iniua were suspended last week over allegations they attempted to incite distrust in the government.

The allegations stem from comments made last year on the show Tonga Today.

Forum co-chair Ofani Eremae told Ben Robinson Drawbridge the suspensions will dissuade journalists from questioning the government.

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