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[pima.nius] SAMOA: Observer development editor quits suddenly

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Title – 7087 SAMOA: Observer development editor quits suddenly
Date – 18 October 2010
Byline – None
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Samoa Observer, 15/10/10
Copyright – SONG
Status – Unabridged
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DEVELOPMENT EDITOR RESIGNS
http://www.samoaobserver.ws/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=28301:development-editor&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=50

APIA (Samoa Observer/Pacific Media Watch): Samoa Observer development editor Russell Hunter has resigned. He finished work on Wednesday and left Samoa on Friday, the Observer reports.

Hunter came to the Samoa Observer 18 months ago after he had been deported from Fiji where he was publisher of the Fiji Sun.

It is understood the government of military leader Frank Baniamarama expelled him after certain articles said to be critical of the military regime had been published in the Sun.

Hunter said he was woken up in his home in Suva in the middle of night by military men, led outside
into a vehicle which took him to Nadi Airport, and was put on a plane bound for Australia.

His wife and two daughters were left behind in their house in Suva. Later they moved to be with Hunter who was then living in Townsville, Australia.

Shortly afterwards, the Samoa Observer offered Hunter a job on the paper and he accepted. He was made development editor.

Last week, Hunter resigned, saying in a letter: "I do not feel that I have delivered what I came here to deliver and am not convinced that I will be able to do so.

"I wish the Samoa Observer every success in the future."

Editor-in-chief Savea Sano Malifa and publisher Muliaga Jean Malifa of the Samoa Observer News Group (SONG) accepted his resignation.

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