25 May 2011

Samoa to take broadcasting complaint to New Zealand High Court

3:05 pm on 25 May 2011

The Samoan government has decided to take a complaint about broadcasts of New Zealand's TV3 to the High Court after the New Zealand Broadcasting Standards Authority rejected it.

Last week, the BSA said the government was given fair and reasonable opportunity to respond to allegations of financial mismanagement following the 2009 tsunami broadcast on the Campbell Live programme.

The Samoa government has rejected the allegations.

The prime minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, has told the Samoa Observer that money is not an issue in pursuing the case when the good name of his country has been dragged through the international mud.

Tuilaepa says the only thing the government wants is to remove the false impression that money has been misused because of misreporting.

He described the reporter John Campbell as childish and accused him of misreporting.