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Wednesday 19th October 2016

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Games politics!

The ongoing “on-off-on” again statements by PM Pohiva about the 2019 Pacific Games needs to be stopped. It has dropped to a pathetic state really and is doing more harm than good for Tonga. While we respect his concerns that money given should be used ‘dilligently and ‘transparently’, the Honourable PM, of all people, should know that his argument that civil servants will not be paid extra for doing the Game’s work sounds more hollow than anything else. For one, civil servants have their own jobs to do. They do not need an extra load to burden them some more. That is why everywhere else around the world they have an independent organizing committee that works with the sports’ council or organization, government and the people on organizing sports events and games. And the organizers are paid for their service because they do a damn good job and ensure that everything is in place for the event to be held successfully. So please PM Pohiva cut the crap and let the Games’ preparation begin. We are already late but not too late to get it done if government puts the gear on now and get things rolling. It is a shame really to be hearing a country’s leader degrading everything that is being done to host a major event like the Pacific Games. It is our hope that the good PM can leave the organizing committee alone to do their work and allow the Games Facilities Committee to get on with the job at hand. It will be a bigger shame if the Games does not eventuate. This is one event that promises to bring a lot more to Tonga positively than any other event planned for the next two years. Thousands of athletes, officials, fans, families, sponsors and supporters will be here – along with the region’s media. New facilities and upgrades to existing facilities will help the development of sports here. That will help in enticing international sports events to be held here in future. Let’s all hope that the crap can stop and we can see some real work being done now!

The NUKU’ALOFA TIMES is published once a week for Tonga by NUKU’ALOFA TIMES MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS of Mataika, Tongatapu KINGDOM OF TONGA Publisher/Editor-in-Chief: ILIESA TORA Email: Phone: 8467762, 8741623 Editor: TEVITA SILIVA

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Turkey: 90 journalists in jail

IFJ shows solidarity with journalists jailed in Turkey. © PM/IFJ BRUSSELS (IFJ): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has launched a global solidarity action in support of journalists in Turkey and its affiliates the Journalists’ union of Turkey (TGS), the Progressive Journalists’ Association and the Association of journalists of Turkey (TGC). The action is part of the IFJ and the European Federation of Journalists (EFJ) campaign Set journalism free in Turkey that both federations have been running together since 2010. It consists of a one-day show of solidarity action where free journalists can sponsor jailed journalists in Turkey

on social media. The action also includes an online petition calling on the Turkish government to immediately release jailed journalists and re-establish the signal of all broadcasters. Turkey experienced a bloody coup attempt on July 15 killing more than 250 people and targeting basic democratic institutions. IFJ and EFJ unreservedly condemn the coup and the use of force against citizens, journalists and media companies. The failed coup has been followed by a state of emergency and excessive and indiscriminate measures to purge all individuals believed to be connected to the attempt. The Turkish

authorities are now jailing journalists, shutting down radio and TV channels and censoring the internet in an attempt to silence criticism. 90 journalists are in jail and more than 130 media have been banned since mid-July. A total of 2,500 journalists have lost their jobs and arrest warrants have been issued for dozens of media workers. Some families of journalists, who are in hiding or have fled, have been arrested to force them to surrender. IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger said “the action we launched today is about solidarity amongst journalists worldwide”. “Journalists in Turkey

must be able to tell the truth and work freely. The global journalism community is outraged at the way press freedom has been tarnished in the country and the escalation of violence that has followed the failed coup,” he said. “We want to send a clear message to our colleagues jailed in Turkey that we stand by their side. President Erdogan must take all the necessary steps to allow journalists to report without threat, harassment or fear of being sent to jail.” The IFJ/EFJ wants the Council of Europe’s platform to promote the protection of journalism and the safety of journalists.

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