19 Jan 2009

Publisher of the Vanuatu's Daily Post physically attacked

12:13 pm on 19 January 2009

The publisher of the Vanuatu's Daily Post Newspaper, Marc Neil-Jones, has been attacked in the capital Port Vila.

Mr Neil Jones has sustained a broken nose and a black eye and kicks to his body.

He has filed an official complaint with the police and alleges that those involved are police who are employed at the Correctional Service Centre in Port Vila.

Mr Neil Jones believes his assailants are officers working in the main centre because they made reference to the stories which appeared in Daily Post on the burning down of the former french jail Correctional Service Centre.

He says his attackers claimed his journalists did not get their side of the story.

Commander South Superintendent, John Taleo, said police are investigating the incident, but Mr Neil Jones would need to help his men identify those involved in order to arrest them