1 Jun 2013

Samoa's PM instructs police to front up to media

6:20 am on 1 June 2013

The Samoa prime minister says he has instructed police to be more willing to front up to the media.

This follows media complaints that police have not been adequately informing them.

Last month, Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi told police not to speak directly with the media but to use press releases.

This has led to the media gaining little or no information on events police are investigating.

But Tuilaepa says if the police cannot provide information the media need in their press releases, they should front up and answer questions.

He says his earlier advice was not meant to encourage police to avoid the media.