George Clooney asks media not to publish photos of his children

The star says such images put his two children in danger, particularly due to his wife's line of work.

Amal Clooney is a human rights lawyer who, the actor notes in his letter, puts terrorist groups on trial.

His comments were published by several trade magazines, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.

The actor, who has starred in Gravity and Ocean's Eleven, said he and his wife are not on social media and are protective of their children's privacy.

COVID procurement under the Pacific media microscope

The session was supported by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). 

The Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN) hosted the 28 April webinar for UN-PRAC and PINA through the Media Association of Tonga (MAT), with a presentation by UN-PRAC international procurement specialist, Kuban Mambetkulov, on current good practices in COVID-19 procurement.

Tonga media engaged in Joint National Action Plan on Climate Change

Media personnel were invited to a workshop to discuss their role as partners in raising awareness about climate change and disaster risk management.

MEIDECC Chief Executive Officer, Paula Ma’u said, “Tonga is extremely vulnerable to the adverse impacts of climate change and disaster risks, it was ranked as the World’s Second most ‘At Risk’ country to all disasters as stated in the World Risk Report 2016.”

Tonga Parliamentary Reporters’ Handbook launched

The Parliamentary Reporters' Handbook was launched by the Speaker Lord Fakafanua yesterday (Thursday).

According to the Media Association of Tonga, the bi-lingual handbook is the first of its kind for Tonga.

 The handbook was authored by former journalist, now the Deputy Clerk of the Legislative Assembly, Dr Sione Vikilani.

A Code of Ethics compiled by veteran journalist Kalafi Moala, is included in the handbook.

According to the Media Association, UNDP provided valuable support and feedback during the drafting and editing process of the handbook.

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.