22 July 1996


Tongan authorities refuse entry to Agence France Presse reporter

Source: Pacific Islands News Association (PINA), Suva

On 18 July 1996, the Tongan Government told Agence France Presse
Pacific Islands correspondent Mike Field he would not be allowed
into the Kingdom of Tonga to attend the Pacific Islands News
Association (PINA) convention on 6 to 9 August.
In response, PINA immediately appealed to Tonga's Police Minister,
Clive Edwards, who is in charge of immigration matters. On 23
July, the chairman of the PINA convention organising committee in
Tonga met with the minister, who is appointed by the King and not
elected. The minister agreed to ask His Majesty's Cabinet to
discuss the issue.

Recommended Action

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  • urging that Field be allowed entry to Tonga
  • opposing any efforts to restrict the travel of journalists or
    their right to carry out their work unhindered

    Appeals To

    The Honourable Clive Edwards
    Minister of Police
    His Majesty's Cabinet
    Kingdom of Tonga
    Fax: +676 23226

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  • Source

    Canadian Journalists for Free Expression
    PO Box 407
    555 Richmond St. W., Suite 1101
    Toronto, ON M5V 3B1
    cjfe @ cjfe.org
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