Pacific Media Watch

11 September 2017

TONGA: Southern Cross discusses political upheaval, future of democracy

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Tagata Pasifika's John Pulu ... "no one was prepared" for dismissal of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva by King Tupou VI. Image: Kaniva News

AUCKLAND (Radio 95bFM The Wire/Southern Cross/Pacific Media Watch): Political upheaval in Tonga in the wake of King Tupou VI's decision to dismiss Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pōhiva, dissolve parliament and order new elections is the focus of the Pacific Media Centre's weekly Southern Cross radio programme.

Pacific Media Watch freedom project editor Kendall Hutt has a talanoa with Tagata Pasifika reporter John Pulu about his reaction to the King's unprecedented decision last month, the future of democracy, and media freedom. 

Hutt and Pulu also discuss whether upset surrounding the Tonga Broadcasting Commission - Pōhiva's comments it was an "enemy of the government", privatisation, dismissal of general manager Nanise Fifita - played a role in the King's decision. 

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