|Member of Parliament|
for Tongatapu 9
Assumed office |
15 September 2011
|Preceded by||Kaveinga Faʻanunu|
|Political party||Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands|
Falisi Tupou is a Tongan journalist and politician.
He is a senior editor at Keleʻa, the newspaper of the pro-democracy movement, owned by ʻAkilisi Pohiva. In April 2007, he was arrested and charged with sedition over an editorial in which he was accused of describing the King as utukovi ("bad brain"). In April 2009, he was co-defendant in a civil defamation case brought by Prime Minister Feleti Sevele against the newspaper, which was found liable.
In September 2011, he was selected as the candidate of the Democratic Party of the Friendly Islands to stand in the by-election to the Tongatapu 9 seat in the Legislative Assembly. The seat had been won in the November 2010 general election by DPFI candidate Kaveinga Faʻanunu, who had died of cancer seven months later. Tupou retained the seat for the party, winning 32.8% of the vote and seeing off the other five candidates with a comfortable margin.
- "Another Tongan journalist arrested for alleged sedition". Radio New Zealand International. 4 April 2007. Retrieved 30 September 2011.
- "Freedom Of The Press - Tonga (2008)", Freedom House
- "Kele’a ordered to apologise and pay damages", Pacific Media Watch, 9 April 2009
- "Falisi Tupou new Tongatapu 9 PR", Matangi Tonga, 15 September 2011
- "Democratic Party wins Tongan by-election", ABC Radio Australia, 15 September 2011