Yumi Toktok Stret ‘news’, operated by Indigenous Media Ltd, recently published allegations concerning the alleged arrest of a person purportedly working in the sex trade, whose ‘client list’ included prominent members of Vanuatu society.

The story is false in every respect. No one was arrested. No one was charged with prostitution. There is no client list. No one at the Daily Post, BSP or in Parliament was on this fictitious list.

We have referred the matter to our lawyers, who have sent a letter to the shareholders of Indigenous Media. The owners of Indigenous Media are:

- George Borugu, Acting Director General of Tourism, Trade, Cooperatives and Ni Vanuatu Business;

- Avio Nicky Roberts, Chairman of the Vanuatu Tourism Office;

- Julian Ligo; and

- Matt Temar.

The damage caused by these unsubstantiated, false and malicious allegations is already significant. False accusations such as these can follow a person forever.

Indigenous Media must remove these lies from social media, apologise to all concerned, and commit itself to ending this shameful and insulting pattern of behaviour.

This wanton character assassination has to stop. Words have consequences.

Dan McGarry

Media Director

Vanuatu Daily Post

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