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VANUATU: Public Prosecutor considers libel action against assaulted publisher


Daily Post publisher Marc Neil-Jones ...assaulted and now may face defamation case. Photo: PMC

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Item: 7504

PORT VILA: (Radio New Zealand International/Pacific Media Watch): The Public Prosecutor of Vanuatu is considering defamation action against the publisher of a newspaper .

Daily Post publisher Marc-Neil Jones was the victim of an alleged assault in which the Minister of Public Utilities, Harry Iauko, faces charges.

Public Prosecutor Kayleen Tavoa said Neil-Jones approached the Minister of Justice to try and remove her office from trying the case, suggesting a conflict of interest, which he also claimed in a Daily Post article.

She said if anyone was putting pressure on her office it was Neil-Jones.

“We have received no pressure from the government nor from Mr Iauko’s electives or anybody within the political circles, we have received no pressure at all from them. The only pressure we’ve received is from Mr Jones.”

Kayleen Tavoa said the case had been blown out of proportion and it was a matter for the Magistrates Court.

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