18 Nov 2004

Samoa Opposition use English in news conferences for the first time to reach international audience

8:23 pm on 18 November 2004

In Samoa, the opposition Democratic United Party has began using English in its weekly media conferences for the first time, saying overseas donors need to know what the government is doing.

Previously the SDUP has only used Samoan at media conferences.

The Deputy Opposition leader, Asiata Saleimoa Vaai, changed languages because he says there's another audience out there, an international audience.

Asiata says also Samoan TV is abusing the balance of the debate, because it is not saying anything in English.

He says some people have asked him to at least say something in English so that they could understand what the debate is.