4 Nov 2016

Cooks publisher threatens shut-down

1:04 pm on 4 November 2016

A Cook Islands publisher is threatening to shut down Radio Cook Islands and Cook Islands Television if the Crown continues with a contempt case against him.

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A threat to shut down Radio Cook Islands and Cook Islands Television could have major repercussions as the cyclone season approaches. Photo: 123RF

George Pitt, with family members, owns the broadcast outlets and the Cook Islands Herald.

Mr Pitt is being sued over two articles published earlier this year in which he attacked the prosecution's approach to its case against now convicted former MP, Teina Bishop.

The Solicitor General David James had called one of the articles a scurrilous attack on the judge involved, and the other an interference with the fairness of the trial process.

Mr Pitt's threat to shut down the radio and TV stations if he doesn't get his way could have major repercussions as the cyclone season approaches.

Both outlets have wide reach in the country, especially to the outer islands.

He has also warned a shut-down will leave a lot of people unhappy.