Report – By Pacific Media Watch in Paris
Tonga, which has held its first democratic elections in 2010 and again last November, has made the strongest gains of any Pacific Islands nation in the 2015 Reporters Without Borders (RSF/RWB) World Press Freedom Index. But globally, world press freedom has been in decline.
Thanks to an independent press, which has established its role as a counterweight to the government, the Polynesian kingdom of Tonga has risen an “enviable” 19 places to 44th overall.
Fiji, which held its first general election since the 2006 military coup in September, has also made strong gains. It rose 14 places to 93rd. Read more »