23 Dec 2010

Swearing-in cold shoulder upsets media

6:35 pm on 23 December 2010

The new government in Tonga is under fire for failing to invite all media to cover the swearing in of Prime Minister Noble Tu'ivakano at the king's private residence.

Just state-controlled media, the Matangi Tonga website and the Taimi O Tonga newspaper were invited.

The editor of the Kele'a newspaper, which has strong links to pro-democracy leader Akilisi Pohiva, was one of those not allowed to cover yesterday's event.

Mateni Tapueluelu says the excluded media operators are upset because they thought attitudes would be different now the country is supposedly more democratic.