Tongan Newspaper's Appeal Rejected By Court

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Pacific Islands Development Program, East-West Center With Support From Center for Pacific Islands Studies, University of Hawai‘i

Compensation ordered for 2014 letter published by paper

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (Radio New Zealand International, May 7, 2016) – An appeal by Tonga's Kele'a newspaper over a defamation ruling has been rejected by the Supreme Court.

The case concerned a letter published in 2014 which accused the then prime minister, Lord Tu'ivakano and his cabinet ministers of theft and embezzlement.

Seven ministers, including Lord Tu'ivakano, had successfully brought a case in the Magistrates Court, which had issued an order for compensation of US$26,000 dollars.


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