13 Sep 2002

Cook Islands Prime Minister's chief adviser favours Zimbabwe style media laws

10:24 am on 13 September 2002

The Chief adviser to the Cook Islands prime minister says the government should use Zimbabwe's media law as a model to regulate and control newspapers.

Piho Rua says there is too much inaccurate reporting and no way to penalise those allegedly responsible.

Mr Rua's comments follows a series of disputes over the Cook Islands Herald's reporting on allegations of how government funding was used.

The newspaper says the government has no anwwer to its reports except to conduct what it calls witch hunts.

The Zimbabwe government has been widely condemned for introducing tough laws which allow for the arrest of journalists who write articles criticising it.