12 Mar 2008

Samoa government MPs object to road switch media reports

3:22 pm on 12 March 2008

Several government MPs in Samoa have attacked the coverage by the media of the planned road side switch.

The plan is faced with opposition which has prompted legal action and led to a pre-Christmas mass protest rally in Apia.

Speaking on a report by a parliamentary committee, the deputy speaker, La'auli Leuatea Polataiva'o, says the coverage has given the prime minister and his government bad publicity overseas.

Another government MP, Lafaitele Patrick, has called for the newspapers to carefully consider using slogans that paint a negative image of the country to the outside world.

But a former cabinet minister, who is a HRPP MP, Palusalue Fa'apo II, was quick to defend the freedom of the press telling the MP to remember that none of the journalist was present to respond to the criticisms.

The speaker, Tolofuaivalelei Falemoe, has also reminded the house that the media has the freedom to do their job.