20 Mar 2020

Samoan woman faces online abuse after local media name her

3:12 pm on 20 March 2020

The young woman tested for COVID-19 in Samoa has become the target of online abuse after her identity was revealed in local media.

In addition to the article, the Prime Minister also revealed the village of the young woman during his weekly session with Radio 2AP and his Facebook live programme.

The mother of the 21 year-old, who is in isolation as she awaits test results, told Samoa Global News of how the article has affected them.

She said that she and her daughter have both been under a cloud of deep sadness and depression since her daughter's name was revealed, adding that the Prime Minister's comments were also very insensitive.