The name Tonga Media Council is as it says, implying that the body represents all media practitioners in Tonga.
This does not in any way state that it should be used by individuals.
I was not aware of Mrs. Viola Ulakai using the Tonga Media Council name for any reason. I was not engaged nor were my employers (FM 87.5) involved in any communication in her request for interviews for media coverage.
There have been many speculations and dialogue on the matter and as the President for the Tonga Media Council, I will take the fall for the Council’s shortcoming and mistake.
I sincerely apologise to the Honorable Prime Minister of Tonga and anyone else who has been affected by this dire circumstance. We are at fault and let this be a lesson for us to be more diligent in our work in leading the Tonga Media Council forward.
Lady Luseane Luani,
Tonga Media Council
Issued by the President of the Tonga Media Council