17 Jun 2020

Samoa PM told he should refer any gripes to Media Council

12:58 pm on 17 June 2020

The Journalists Association of Samoa, or JAWS, says Prime Minister Tuila'epa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi should not lash out at the media.

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi

Samoa's PM Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi Photo: RNZI Autagavaia Tipi Autagavaia

For years the prime minister has lambasted the media for not reporting stories the way he wanted, and for covering stories he didn't like.

He has accused journalists of being too inquisitive, of telling lies, and of misleading the public.

But the JAWS president, Rudy Bartley, said these journalists were just doing their jobs and if the prime minister or a member of government had a gripe they should take it to the Media Council.

"So that's one of our biggest problems - the politicians like to attack the journalist or the organisation and not actually addressing the issues that are being discussed in the media," Mr Bartley said.

Samoa's National Media Association JAWS  decides on extended Media Freedom Day celebrations.

Members of the Samoa media association on World Press Freedom Day in 2017. Photo: RNZI/Tipi Autagavaia

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