Kele - a newspaper fined for contempt of court

Sep 29, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Matangi Tonga

The publisher and editor of a weekly newspaper Kele'a was ordered by the Chief Justice to pay a total of $5,000 fines for contempt of court, at the Supreme Court in Nuku'alofa on September 26. Chief Justice Hon Lord Michael Scott had initially found the respondents, the publisher Laucala Tapueluelu and editor Mateni Tapueluelu guilty of contempt of ... (more)

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jestr

Tonga

#1 Sep 29, 2013
Kele'a should let me be their cartoonist.

I'd first sketch an upside down tree from the top of the page, and then hands reaching out to grab at its forbidden fruits.

I shall call it, "Ecstasy - tribute to Manu Samoa" LOL
Yurei

Suva, Fiji

#2 Sep 30, 2013
CJ Michael Scott's decision to impose heavy fine of $5,000 on the Kele'a Publisher and Editor is open and subject to review by the Court of Appeal and by the public.

From a layperson's point of view, Clause 7 of the Constitution guarantees and gives the people the right to write, speak and express their opinion without hindrance, except that it does not affect the laws related to defamation of one's character.

The court's rulings are not immune from public scrutiny. People are entitled to their opinion and may criticize court judgments unless those criticisms do not impede the carrying out of justice. That is; those criticisms are not made during the court is in session and has not delivered the verdict.

When the court has handed down her decision and is publicized, the public are open to scrutinize that decision. That public scrutiny does not in any way interfere with the cause of justice because the court has already made its decision based on the available information it has already had and sworn in court.

When the court rules that the letter by Solomone Palu is in contrary to the laws of contempt of the court the Justice system is in direct breach of the civil liberty of Mr. Palu granted to him and the Kele'a in clause 7 of the Constitution which is the supreme laws of the land.

"... and who appointed Mr. Scott...?"
leilou

Tonga

#3 Sep 30, 2013
malie malie tamasii suva

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