Tonga

Tonga

Independent watchdog

Independent media outlets have increasingly assumed a watchdog role since the first democratic elections in 2010. However, some political leaders have not hesitated to sue media outlets, exposing them to the risk of heavy damages awards. Some journalists say they are forced to censor themselves because of the threat of being bankrupted. In an effort to regulate “harmful” online content, especially on social networks, the government adopted new laws in 2015, one of which provides for the creation of an Internet regulatory agency with the power to block websites without reference to a judge. The reelection of Prime Minister Samiuela 'Akilisi Pōhiva’s party in November 2017 was accompanied by growing tension between the government and journalists, especially in public broadcasting, where two senior editors were sidelined under pressure from the government.

51
in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index

Ranking

-2

49 in 2017

Global score

+0.71

24.97 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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