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Friday 24 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Security officers at Tonga's airports will be armed in the near future.
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Friday 24 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Drunken driving is responsible for an increasing number of road accident deaths in Tonga, where fatalities have doubled in the last year, 2003.
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Friday 24 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Tongan rugby league stars Lesley Vainikolo and Tevita Vaikona, were due to return home to Tonga at the end of the year, after helping their British club side, Bradford Bulls, to an unprecedented trio of Super League trophies.
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Monday 6 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
2,000 to 3,000 Freedom Marchers gathered at the Catholic Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, Nuku'alofa, the capital of Tonga, at mid-day today, and marched to the Tongan Parliament (below) to present petitions calling for protection of Freedom of Speech, which is threatened by a Government Bill to change the Tongan Constitution. - Photos by Pesi Fonua, Linny Folau, and George Cocker.
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Thursday 2 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The campaign by seven of the nine people's representatives to win public support to oppose the Tonga government's proposed changes to Clause 7 "Freedom of Speech" of the Constitution is in full swing, and they are calling for people to turn out for a national demonstration on Monday 6 October 2003 .
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Thursday 2 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The controversy over the proposal by government to amend Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution, giving government the right to make laws to control Freedom of Speech and the media, is dividing the country. Government is not going to win respect by changing the laws, simply because it has been losing its court cases against its critics. We are at the cross roads, in an unfamiliar Twilight Zone. Editor's Comment, by Pesi Fonua (From our Archives 2003).
Thursday 2 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The Oceania Broadcasting Television Network was fined Tongan $750, and its two presenters, Sangstar Saulala and Semisi Kailahi were also fined T$500 each for defaming the former Minister of Justice, Tevita Tupou.
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Thursday 2 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga's "March for Freedom" will begin in the three main centres at 12 noon on Monday October 6, the same day that Parliament is due to debate Constitutional change.
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Wednesday 1 October 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The hockey and cricket seasons opening in Tonga on Saturday September 27 with a march along Hala Taufa'ahau, the capital's main street, by the All Tonga Cricket Association and the girls Tonga Hockey Federation.
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Wednesday 1 October 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Dan Manu, a former open-side flanker for the Australian Wallabies, is one of several international rugby players who have helped to promote Tonga through excellence in sport.
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Tuesday 30 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Remote Islands and Rural Technology was the theme of a two-day Pacific Islands telecommunications workshop that was held at the International Dateline Hotel, Nuku'alofa, from September 29-30.
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Tuesday 23 September 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
Sangstar Saulala, Semisi Kailahi and Oceania Broadcasting Television Network OBN were found guilty of criminal defamation for defaming the former Minister of Justice, Tevita Tupou, at the Supreme Court, Nuku'alofa, Tonga, on September 19.
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Tuesday 23 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Wife beating, child molesting and prostitution are the pressing social problems that women are facing in Tonga today, according to Chief Inspector Officer Lautoa Faletau. Tuesday, September 23, 2003
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Monday 22 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan Government has launched a nation-wide campaign to counter the growing opposition to its proposed amendment to Clause 7 of the Constitution, which will neutralize "Freedom of Speech" in the Kingdom. -by Pesi Fonua
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Monday 22 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Sir John Jeffries, the Chairman of the New Zealand Press Council, and Lincoln Gould, the Chief Executive of the Newspaper Publishers' Association and the New Zealand Press Association, visited Tonga from 16-20 September 2003.
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Tuesday 16 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan parliament closed early on Tuesday, September 16, after a heated quarrel broke out between the Tongatapu No. 1 People's Representative, 'Akilisi Pohiva, and the Vava'u No. 2 People's Representative, 'Etuate Lavulavu.
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Tuesday 16 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A Tongan High Schools Under-18 rugby team beat Samoa 24-3 to win the qualifying tournament for the Tri-nations Under-19 World Cup, at Teufaiva Stadium on September 5.
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Sunday 14 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tokiko, a well known Japanese singer and songwriter was in Tonga from September 10 to 13.
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Tuesday 9 September 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Deep-sea fishing, at the depth of between 500 and 2000 meters could offer a new source of fish for the Tonga Fisheries.
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Monday 8 September 2003
Nuku'‘alofa, Tonga
The failure of the Crown to win a court case against the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper continued last week with the dismissal by a jury in the Nuku'alofa Supreme Court on September 3 of a criminal defamation case against Mateni Tapueluelu, the Editor of the Taimi 'o Tonga.
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