5 May 2017

Samoa has extended freedom day celebrations

1:44 pm on 5 May 2017

Samoa's national media organisation JAWS is marking this year's World Press Freedom Day with a month of activities, including panel discussions to promote good use of social media.

Samoa's National Media Association JAWS  decides on extended Media Freedom Day celebrations.

Samoa's National Media Association JAWS decides on extended Media Freedom Day celebrations. Photo: RNZI/Tipi Autagavaia

The organisation's vice-president Rudy Bartley said Samoa continues to improve its media ranking which is now 21st in the Reporters without Borders world press freedom index.

Mr Bartley has however spoken out against abuses on social media.

"Media freedom and expression of basic human rights are noble ideas that cannot be misused by those who claim the same freedom to slander and defame others," said Rudy Bartley.

The Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi said Samoa's improved ranking reaffirms that media press freedom remains respected and revered.

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