Wednesday, November 3, 2010

[pima.nius] SAMOA: Opinion - A Samoan side to Campbell Live - Tuilaepa's 'Kiwi nemesis'

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Title – 7106 SAMOA: Opinion - A Samoan side to Campbell Live - Tuilaepa's 'Kiwi nemesis'
Date – 3 November 2010
Byline – None
Origin – Pacific Media Watch
Source – Café Pacific , 1/11/10
Copyright – CP
Status – Unabridged
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Café Pacific :

APIA (Café Pacific /Pacific Media Watch): While a four-day international Federation of Journalists-organised training workshop for media freedom monitors was under way in Apia last week, an intrepid "investigative" journalist from New Zealand was feuding with the Samoan prime minister.

TV3's John Campbell was staking out a local restaurant in an ill-fated attempt to corner the prime minister for a response to his controversial "missing aid millions"story on Campbell Live on September 29. When his lame door-stopping attempt failed – "we don't do door-stopping in Samoa," insisted one senior local journalist at the IFJ Pacific workshop – Campbell didn't hesitate in branding Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi a "coward" for canning a promised interview at the last moment. The New Zealand Herald followed up with the same insult. (Actually, this isn't the way Tuilaepa sees it. According to local media reports, the PM's version of events is that the interview was lined up for November 4 and Tuilaepa wants to take Campbell and his crew on a tour of the inland aid areas where considerable progress has been made. He also wants Samoan TV journalists in on the act.)

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