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Tonga Media Council bemoans lack of govt information Featured

Matangi Tonga editor, Pesi FonuaMatangi Tonga editor, Pesi Fonua Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta Matangi Tonga editor, Pesi FonuaMatangi Tonga editor, Pesi Fonua Photo: RNZI / Koro Vaka'uta

16 January, 2017. The chair of Tonga's Media Council, Pesi Fonua, says there is a vacuum of information surrounding government moves and the health of the prime minister.

'Akilisi Pohiva was admitted into the local Intensive Care Unit over a week ago and missed the opening of parliament last Thursday.

Mr Fonua, who operates the Matangi Tonga news website, said there had been no information released about the Prime Minister's condition.

"That's basically what's happening is uncertainty and people not really knowing what's going to happen," he said.

" Unfortunately the government hasn't really come out and said anything about what happened to the PM and of course there are a whole lot of rumours and things spinning around."

He said there had also been no confirmation or comment on the formation of the new Cabinet.

Mr Fonua said the current environment seemed to be indicative of the government's media interactions.

"I think it just shows what's actually happening in government. What is actually happening in there with him and his Cabinet.

"I mean, there must be somebody there who [can] step up while he is not well to speak for the Cabinet and for the government but so far nobody," he said.

"We haven't been able to find anybody who wants to say anything."

Mr Fonua hopes this week's sitting of parliament will shed some light on the situation.

-RNZI

2 comments

  • Neiufi Tuionetoa
    Neiufi Tuionetoa Saturday, 27 January 2018 14:46 Comment Link

    Ko e ai koaa kenau sii lea a e kau ngaue Letio Tonga kae sii mole enau ngaue. Ka oku iai e me'a ia oku tonu ke tuku mai ehe Puleanga ki he kakai, hange ko ha fakamatala paanga, koeha e fakamole kuo fakahoko ki he toutou puke koeni a e Palemia, a'u ki he 'ene ma'u e vahenga kakato kae i falemahaki ia mo nofo hotele heene puke, pea tuku mai leva ki he kakai naa nau fili kenau sio, ko e ola ee enau fili e taha mahamahaki ke taki he fonua ko e fakapa'anga pe 'ene tokoto falemahaki 'ana ia te'eki kene fai eia ha ngaue ke 'aonga ai 'ene vahe. Pea kuo talamai e mate pe he fatongia, oku fakavalevale ia ke toki mate ia he ta'u fo'ou, kae tokoto falemahaki ta'e ngaue atu pe ia he taimi ni pea kei vahe ai pe, ko fe leva e ofa fonua ia?

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  • Hehea Ofafonua
    Hehea Ofafonua Friday, 26 January 2018 17:19 Comment Link

    Malo pea mo'oni 'aupito 'a Pesi he ko e fu'u PM 'o Tonga pea fiema'u 'e he kakai 'oku ne takii ke 'ilo ki hono tuunga fakamo'uii kae'oua tuku pe ke nofo e kakai 'o Tonga he fakapo'ulii ta'efai ha 'ilo kiai. Ko e me'a leva 'e hokoo ko emau tui 'amautolu ki he ngaahi fake news he social medias about the PM's health. Ko fe ngaahi media kotoa 'o Tonga ko honau fatongia ia mo Pesi Fonua tautautefito ki he Media 'a e Fonuaa 'a e A3Z mo e TV Tonga? Kuo fu'u ma'olalo kovi he taimi ni e News ia mo e Ongoongo 'a e Letio mo e TV Tonga he 'oku fai hono censor 'iloto a3z pe. Faka'ofa lahi. Lahi e ngaahi issues mahu'inga ki he kakaii ka koe pangoo kuo loka'i malu 'ehe government e kau faiongoongo ke 'oua tenau lea kanau kukuta pe 'o 'omai e ngaahi ongoongo 'a e pusii moe kumaa pea 'oua 'ai ha ongo2 e ngali kovi ai e govt. 'Ofamai aa ko fee e Poate mo e Pule Lahi? Don't be over protective of your positions and authority at the expense of us people of Tonga. We now receive crap news and perhaps authorities are too scared of the media's probing and watchdog roles and put Viola and Laumanu away for good to do menial work though with hefty and papela salaries. Malie Tonga mo e Temokalati EEEEE.

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