20 Oct 2006

Samoa journalist considers taking head of Broadcasting Corporation to court

11:17 am on 20 October 2006

The Samoan journalist at the center of allegations that he was attacked by the head of the Samoa Broadcasting corporation says he's considering taking the matter to court to find out exactly what happened.

Atofu Moana is disputing claims by CEO, Galumalemana Faiesea Matafeo, that she did not attack him.

The alleged incident took place outside of the district court house while the Mr Moana was taking a photo of the CEO's son who is facing two charges of negligent driving causing death and injuries.

Galumalemana says she has 20 witnesses including, police and lawyers who saw what actually happened outside .

But the journalist says he has witnesses too who will testify to support his claims.

Meanwhile the president of the Journalist Association of Samoa, Uale Papali'i, told the Samoa Observer newspaper he was saddened by the incident, and that journalists in Samoa should have the freedom to work without fear.

He says the CEO of the government television and radio has been in the media business for a long time.