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Saturday 15 November 2008
Pago Pago, American Samoa
The Pacific Freedom Forum said in a statement today: "On behalf of all supporters of a free media in the Pacific region, we the members of the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF), express our concern and alarm at the Interim Government of Fiji's escalating campaign of intimidation against media freedom in Fiji.
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Sunday 26 June 2005
Texas, USA
To His Majesty- I know this may seem a bit bold and far against the established royal protocol for me, a non-Tongan and a West Texan, to write a letter to you and with a small degree of hope. That not only wills it reach you, but that you will find it in your heart to read it. -Larry Norton
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Wednesday 16 March 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The status of the Tonga government's Human Rights Practices during 2004, according to the US Department of State was “Poor”.
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Tuesday 25 January 2005
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In the Privy Council Meeting which was held before the vote over the Media Bills were about to come up in Parliament, I alluded to the fact that that this had become a cause célèbre among large sections of the public and I knew that there was dissent within the Cabinet ranks. ... Clive Edwards made an impassioned submission in support of the legislation. hrh
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Friday 3 September 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Day Four of the Judicial Review challenging the Amendment of Clause 7 of the Constitution last year, concluded the submissions made by the legal counsel Dr Rodney Harrison for the 173 plaintiffs, and Paul Radich for the defendant, the Kingdom of Tonga.
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Wednesday 23 June 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
In light of the Government’’s success in adding "the cultural traditions of the Kingdom,"as a new conditionality on the freedom of speech and expression in Tonga, one can be forgiven for jumping to the conclusion that perhaps the Government wants the media and the Tongan people in general to revert to pre-Constitution Tongan standards in which back-chatting the chiefs was punishable by a serious flogging if not death. By Lopeti Senituli.
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Wednesday 5 May 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tonga copied Singapore's suppressive media laws when it drafted its new media legislation that came into force this year, Tongan journalists marking World Press Freedom Day in Tonga on May 3 were told.
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Wednesday 11 February 2004

Nuku'alofa, Tonga
On February 6 Tonga set its clock back 20 years to the early 1980s, when the only newspapers available were the government newspaper, the Tonga Chronicle, and church newspapers.
Wednesday 11 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tonga Government gagged Press Freedom when it amended Clause 7 of the Tongan Constitution last year, Laki Niu, the President of the Tongan Law Society, told Tongan media operators on February 9.
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Wednesday 4 February 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The Tongan people, for the last three weeks have been deprived of reading newspapers, including the Tongan government's own newspaper.
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Wednesday 28 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
A total of 152 plaintiffs are signatories to a writ, calling for a Judicial Review of the media legislation enacted by the Tonga government last year, which curtailed freedom of speech and introduced restrictive print media licensing.
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Saturday 24 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
The USA government does not like the move by the Tongan government to regulate Press Freedom, according to the USA Ambassador to Tonga, David Laurence Lyon, who visited Tonga January 14-16.
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Wednesday 14 January 2004
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Tongan Police raided village shops in Tonga last week confiscating copies of the Taimi 'o Tonga newspaper, and also seizing cash from shops that had sold newspapers.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
There was no Christmas cheer for the Tongan media from the Tonga Government this year. In the Christmas Eve mail postmarked "Nuku'alofa December 24, 2003" were the Gazetted copies of the government's new Media Legislation, which had been withheld from the eyes of the local press after being signed by the King in November this year.
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Tuesday 30 December 2003

Nuku‘alofa, Tonga
Between 2,000 to 3,000 Freedom Marchers gathered at the Catholic Basilica of St Anthony of Padua, Nuku’alofa, at mid-day on October 6, and marched to the Tongan Parliament to present petitions calling for protection of Freedom of Speech, threatened by a Government Bill to change the Tongan Constitution. From Matangi Tonga Magazine Vol. 18, no. 3, December 2003.
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Monday 1 December 2003
Nuku'alofa, Tonga
Disregarding strong public protests and the opposition of People's Representatives, the Tongan Government pushed through a bill for Constitutional change on October 16. - Matangi Tonga, Vol. 18, No. 3
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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
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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