Media Watchdog Praises Action Of Samoa Journalists During Election Upheaval

Media Watchdog Praises Action Of Samoa Journalists During Election Upheaval

Samoa journalists who stood their ground after being told by police to leave a parking lot at the Samoa Supreme Court should receive an apology, and an explanation of why they were not allowed in court, says the Pacific Freedom Forum, PFF.

Andrew H. Sweet
  • Members of the Samoa media gathered at Samoa's Supreme Court precinct on 24th May to cover an urgent 'meeting in chambers' between the Chief Justice and Fa'atuatua i le Atua Samoa ua Tasi (FAST) were asked to leave the court premises.
  • The Samoa Observer reports their Chief Reporter; photographer, Aufai Areta Areta, Radio New Zealand Correspondent Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia, and Leilua Amesene Tanielu of Radio Polynesia were asked by the police to "leave" the parking lot.
  • The police said their bosses had ordered media to leave the court premises because the entire compound was in 'lockdown.'

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