Blogger King Faipopo is accused of defaming Samoa’s prime minister.
The reported unprovoked assault on journalist Dorothy Mark, who received facial injuries, should be condemned in the strongest terms and those responsible be arrested and charged, said PINA President Kora Nou. Mr Nou is equally concerned with the online abuse targeted at Samoan journalist Ms Lani Wendt Young.
he Pacific Freedom Forum is calling for the review of the revival of the libel law.
A journalist was manhandled by security officers at the opening ceremony of the annual Pacific Islands Forum.
Samoa police must stop abusing their powers and let the national media council address free speech concerns, says regional media watchdog the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF.
Journalists and editors in Samoa need to overcome their industry differences if they are to have any hope of ensuring plans for a Media Council do not suffer political interference, warns the Pacific Freedom Forum.
It’s important that where possible, national bodies such as the Journalists Association of (Western) Samoa be fostered to promote media autonomy and integrity, said a regional media monitoring group.
The Samoan government is urged to halt plans for a state media council and return to the original timeframe recommended by the country’s law reform commission.
The Samoan speaker of parliament called on media to stop interviewing members of parliament outside the house and rely solely on official records; he warned that reporters could be charged under 1960 laws that carry a maximum sentence of six months in prison, a $100 fine, or both.
Failing to intervene in a minor assault on reporters and smashing the phone of a young boy shows police in Samoa need training in freedoms enjoyed by all citizens, says the Pacific Freedom Forum.
(PINA/IFEX) – The Samoan government has engaged a lawyer for advice on legal action against Television New Zealand (TVNZ) for a story which it says inaccurately portrayed Samoa as a haven for organised crime, according to the “Samoa Observer”. This move was revealed by the Ministry of Police in a statement released to the media […]
(PINA/IFEX) – Censors in Samoa banned Milk, a movie, based on the life of gay activist Harvey Milk, which won a best actor Oscar for Sean Penn. Principal censor Leiataua Niuapu Faaui confirmed the censorship board rejected an application for DVDs of Milk to be distributed in movie stores but refused to give a reason, […]
(IFJ/IFEX) – The following is a 30 March 2009 IFJ media release: IFJ Calls for Respect for Media as Reporters Attacked in Samoa The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls for an immediate renewal of public respect for journalists and press freedom in the Pacific island state of Samoa after a spate of attacks on […]
(PINA/IFEX) – Samoa’s only daily newspaper, the “Samoa Observer”, has decided to stop covering a Commission of Inquiry into alleged gun smuggling because of media restrictions. The inquiry is looking at the alleged involvement of Samoa’s Police Commissioner and crew members of the police patrol boat MV Nafanua, as well as the Customs office. The […]