Samoa ponders setting up Media Council

Samoa’s Law Reform Commission office has received reference from the prime minister and the Attorney General to review the need for a body to regulate the local media and to make recommendations.

The call comes after the British Thompson Foundation helped fund a project for the local Journalists Association of Samoa or JAWS six years ago to put together a media code of practice and to form a media council body.

The national media code has never been endorsed by most media outlets as well as the local mainstream media since it was completed which some senior journalists believe is the result of the government considering to regulate the media.

The Law Reform Commission is calling for submissions before the end of January.


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