9 Apr 2007

American Samaon governor says media wrong about inter-Samoan relations

9:15 am on 9 April 2007

The American Samoan governor, Togiola Tulafono, has blamed the media for making people think there's a division between the governments of Samoa and American Samoa.

Speaking on his weekly radio programme, the governor said newspapers, radio and television stations were creating controversy over travel permits for the Samoas and a Senate bill proposing a 500 percent tax on Vailima beer brewed in Samoa.

The governor says Samoa has its own reasons for making policies and rules, just like American Samoa has the right to do the same.

He says relations between Samoa and American Samoa have not changed, and he urged the public not to be influenced by media organisations which were always trying to create controversy.