Vanuatu: Minister increasing pressure on broadcaster

Vanuatu‘s Minister of Ni-Vanuatu business, Pastor Don Ken, reportedly visited the newsroom of the state-owned Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation demanding that a story covering his arrest and jailing on the eve of Vanuatu Independence day celebrations in July 2011 be censored. Media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) and reporters at the broadcasting station alike have expressed concern over the minister’s interference and pressure.