31 March 2006


PINA condemns police assaults on journalist, publisher

Incident details

Samuel Taffo, Marc Neil-Jones

(PINA/IFEX) - The following is a PINA letter to Police Commissioner Arthur Caulton:

Friday, March 31, 2006

Commissioner Arthur Caulton
Vanuatu Police Force
Port Vila, Vanuatu


Recent police activity in Vanuatu has been brought to our attention.

It appears as though your police force members have erred in the extreme in the past few days.

First of all, there was the assault on a photographer, Samuel Taffo - a normal media practitioner simply carrying out his day-to-day activity. This in and of itself is reprehensible.

To make matters worse, in addition, the publisher of the Vanuatu Daily Post, Marc Neil-Jones, was assaulted, improperly imprisoned and confined for a considerable length of time.

The Pacific Island News Association (PINA) condemns, in the strongest possible terms, these outrageous actions on the part of the Police Force of Vanuatu.

Further, we demand that you apologize to Mr. Neil Jones and his photographer and that you instruct your staff to deport themselves in a manner of which you and the pacific community can be proud.

These assaults and the inappropriate action of your people and the system are entirely unacceptable in a modern society.

The Pacific Island News Association will appreciate your response.

Yours faithfully,

Ken Clark


Pacific Islands News Association
Level 2, 46 Gordon Street, Damodar Centre
Private Mail Bag, Suva
Fiji Islands
pina (@) connect.com.fj
Fax:+679 3317055
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