May God help the information minister…

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Opening of the final session of the First Pacific Media Partnership Committee & Associated Development Programmes in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, August 27, 2010. The information minister is seated at the center of the table.

People in the Pacific Islands are very religious. Christianity plays a key role in everyday life. There’s a church on every streetcorner and every public function or gathering starts with a prayer.

This morning, the director of the Tonga Braodcasting Commission (TBC) opened the conference I am attending here with a prayer and a benediction. For someone from a very secular European society, that seemed unusual (as a matter of fact, the only time I’ve seen something similar at a gathering of media professionals was in Iran – but there, of course, it was a Muslim prayer, not a Christian one).

Eseta Fulivai Fusitu'a, Tonga's Minister of Information and Communication (center)

In any case, in his prayer, the director of the Tonga Broadcasting Commission asked God to bless the country’s minister of information, who was present at the session.

In what was perhaps a bit of involuntary irony, he then asked God to help the minister of information  “…that she may be able to deliver her message.”

Or was he possibly trying to give the minister a very subtle hint?


Written by Thorsten

August 27, 2010 at 1:41 am

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