TONGAN PUBLISHER: "WE’VE BEEN GIVEN RUN AROUND"

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TONGAN PUBLISHER: "WE’VE BEEN GIVEN RUN AROUND"

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 3) - The publisher of the
Taimi O Tonga newspaper, Kalafi Moala, says the paper will seek legal action
today because the Tongan government continues to stop the sale of the paper.

Copies of the paper were rushed to Tonga last Tuesday after the
last of five bans were quashed by the Supreme Court.

But Customs officials have refused to release the paper until
the Privy Council has reversed its bans, which the government imposed after
alleging that the paper wanted to overthrow the government.

One such ban was lifted on Friday but the publisher, Kalafi
Moala, says they have been told they have to wait for the Privy Council to again
meet before the other bans are formally lifted.

"They're saying now that they need to do another gazetting
in order to reverse the second ordinance," Moala said. "We really
believe we've been given the run around. So what they're doing is that they’re
going to issue one little bit, another little bit. We're going to consult our
lawyer, we're going to apply to the courts tomorrow for an order for immediate
release because this is ridiculous."

June 3, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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