5 Jun 2007

Samoa radio station denies media freedom suppressed

3:19 pm on 5 June 2007

The owner of Radio Polynesia in Samoa denies that he is suppressing media freedom.

Maposua Rudolf Keil has defended his decision to stop two of his journalists from attending media conferences given by the leader of the Samoa Democratic United Party, Asiata Sale'imoa Va'ai.

He has also banned on the station further stories with corruption allegations by the SDUP leader against the government.

The Journalists Association of Samoa has issued a statement condemning the ban and calling for journalists to be given the freedom to report as they see fit.

But Maposua says he doesn't want his station airing allegations like Asiata's which he says are unproven.

"Well he can use his freedom of the press anywhere else but my radio station because I don't want to be a party to something that may be false. Let the other radio stations, tv and newspapers report on the bad things. Why don't we report on the nice things that these people are doing?"

Maposua Rudolf Keil.