PM’s ‘innocent until proven guilty’ argument deters TBC journalists’ suspension, Chairman Piukala says

    ‘Oku kei ngāue taimi kakato pe ‘a e kau faiongongo ‘i he Komisoni Fakamafolalea Tonga’ ne ‘oatu ‘a e fokotu’u mei he ‘Eiki Palēmia’ ke fakamālōloo’i fakataimi kae fai honau fakatotolo’i. Ko e pule fakamafolalea ‘eni ko Setita Tu’i’onetoa, ongo faiongoongo ko Vilisoni Tu’iniua mo e Salamo Fulivai. Ko e fokotu’u mei he palēmia’ ne ‘oatu ia ki he sea ‘o e Komisoni’ ko Piveni Piukala hili ha lāunga ki he ongoongo 'oku tukuaki'i ne taki hala ne fakahoko 'e he toko tolu' ni. Ka ‘oku pehē ‘e Piukala na’e fokotu’u ‘e he palēmia’ ‘a ‘Akosita Lavulavu ke hoko ko ‘ene minisitā taimi tatau ‘oku fakatatali ‘a ‘ene hopo ko hono faka’ilo ia tukuaki’i ki he faihia ke ma’u ha pa’anga ‘i he founga kākā. Ka ‘i hono fakatonuhia’i ‘e he palēmia’ e fokotu’u ‘o ‘Akosita’ lolotonga ‘oku faka'ilo’ na’a’ ne pehē ‘oku kei tonuhia pe ia te’eki fakahalaia’i ‘e he fakamaau’anga’. Ne tui ‘a Piukala ‘oku totonu ke fai ‘e Pōhiva ‘a e faka’uhinga tatau ‘i he keisi ko ‘eni ‘a e toko tolu’. Ke 'oua 'e tuli fakataimi kinautolu he oku nau kei tonuhia pe 'oleva ke 'osi fakatotolo'. ‘Oku mahino foki ‘oku kei fetohi’aki ‘a Piukala mo e ‘ofisi palēmia ‘i he ngaahi fiema’u ki he fakatotolo ko ‘eni ‘oku fai’.

    Three journalists at Tonga Broadcasting Commission who Prime Minister Pōhiva Tu’i’onetoa recommended be suspended are still working full time. The PM wanted the TBC’s Station Manager Setita Tu’i’onetoa, television anchors Vilisoni Tu’iniua and Salamo Fulivai suspended pending an investigation. Hon Pōhiva said he made the recommendation after he received complaints from the public including one…


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