22 Dec 2015

Samoa church sues over newspaper story

1:21 pm on 22 December 2015

One of Samoa's main churches is suing a construction company as the owner of a defunct newspaper for reporting an alleged sexual affair.

Court house in Samoa

Court house in Samoa Photo: RNZ / Mary Baines

The board of trustees and general secretary of the Congregational Christian Church of Samoa want to have US$200,000 for defamation over a range of articles published in the Samoa Today paper in October.

The paper alleged that the secretary had an affair with a young woman.

The lawsuit has named the editor, a journalist, and a woman worker as defendants and respondents.

The newspaper used to be published in Samoan, English and Chinese after it had been relaunched in March this year.

The case has been adjourned until next month.