Tonga media group calls for end to spread of fake news

The Media Association of Tonga (MAT) calls on the public to be considerate, compassionate and empathetic during these times.

The journalists who are members of the association, endeavor to bring you credible and correct information.

With regards to social media, the Media Association of Tonga urged the public to wait until the information is official and not breaking news from individuals.

Taina Kami Enoka, association president cautioned those who was spreading fake news to stop it.

Sonny Bill Williams hits back over 'leeches' controversy

Earlier this month, Newstalk ZB presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan told her listeners it was not worth the expense of sending the PM to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

"The Pacific Islands wants money from us," she said.

"The Pacific Islands don't matter. They are nothing but leeches on us."

Her comments were posted on social media, prompting lots of angry reactions and some abusive and offensive putdowns of the broadcaster herself.

Tonga ready to host biennial Pacific Media Summit

The biennial meet is scheduled to be opened by Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pohiva at the Kalofiama Epworth Hall.

The theme for the summit is ‘Empowering the Media for Digital Challenges.”

The future of journalism is being challenged due to new developments like multi-media journalism, fake news and social media.

Discussions will focus on the challenges these pose to Pacific media practitioners.

Other issues will cover reporting gender-based violence and the role of the media in following the work of integrity agencies like the Auditor General’s Office.    

Tonga drops in press freedom rankings

Kaniva News reports Tonga is now listed as 51st out of 180 countries.

RSF said the re-election of Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva's party in 2017 was accompanied by growing tension between the government and journalists.

Mr Pohiva has had a tempestuous relationship with the kingdom's media and his constant clashes with the state-owned Tongan Broadcasting Commission have drawn particular attention.


Tongan media head bemoans lack of govt information

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."

Tongan broadcasters low key in election buildup

Two of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission's most senior journalists were recently moved out of the newsroom into sales, and a popular talkback programme was cancelled.

The Tonga Broadcasting Commission and the government have had a strained relationship this year with Prime Minister 'Akilisi Pohiva calling the broadcaster 'an enemy of government.'

However, revenue losses and unpopular content were the reasons given for the changes.

Mr Fonua said the changes have had an impact on the amount of election coverage broadcast on the TBC.

'Tyra Banks hated our guts'

McHale is a comedy all-rounder. He hosted The Soup on Channel E in which he satirised the entertainment industry and pop culture from 2004 until 2015.

He’s also a comedian, actor, (he plays Jeff Winger on the sitcom, Community), writer and TV producer.

McHale is in Auckland this September for a one-off show and he told Jesse Mulligan he likes to keep busy.

“If I’m not working I go faintly bonkers,” he says.

McHale has skewered many a celebrity, so does he have to avoid the Hollywood party scene?  

Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication," a spokesman said Monday evening.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.

Upskilling the Pacific’s broadcasters

Pacific Cooperation Broadcasting Limited’s (PCBL) inaugural Media Exchange Programme (MEP) got underway in May, with the initial four broadcasters arriving in Auckland for a two-week placement, at either TVNZ or Mediaworks.

The first exchange took place from May 15, and consisted of Temo Sukanaivalu from Cook Islands TV, Anthony Roebeck of Samoa Broadcasting Corporation (TV1), Glenda Gabriel from Papua New Guinea’s EMTV, and Tonga Broadcasting Commission’s Onesi Saluni.

Why a blooper led reporters to share embarrassing tales

But her awkward moment also had a second act.

Exelby had been gazing at a pen in her hands, unaware she was live, when a broadcast cut back to her in an Australian Broadcasting Corp (ABC) studio.

She gave an alarmed reaction when she realised the error, but settled quickly to read the next story.