3 Oct 2011

IFJ condemns compo demands from Solomons newspaper

6:50 am on 3 October 2011

The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the use of compensation claims to intimidate journalists in Solomon Islands.

On September the 21st supporters of West Honiara Member of Parliament Namson Tran demanded nearly 10,000 US dollars in compensation from the Island Sun.

The demand was reportedly made in response to a story published in the newspaper, which reported Mr Tram's purchase and private registration of his government vehicle.

In a statement, the IFJ calls on Solomon Islands police to investigate in a timely manner, and encourages all journalists to report any similar threats to the authorities.

It reminds government officials that a strong, impartial media is best achieved through functioning codes of ethics and self-regulation mechanisms.