10 Jan 2018

Samoa PM keen on media divulging sources

8:22 am on 10 January 2018

Samoa's Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi says that he would be happy if news organisations were made to reveal sources.

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZ / Sela Jane Aholelei

He was commenting on the Criminal Libel Law, which was passed by Parliament in less than an hour just before Christmas.

Tuilaepa told TV1Samoa that it would be good if media organisations were forced to reveal their sources as it would force them to get their information from officials and not from what he called 'office boys'.

"The official information about government comes from this office, not from office boys," he said.

The Pacific Freedom Forum has called on the Samoa government to hold consultations on the best way to address issues which the law is intended to address.

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