The prime minister’s office of the Solomon Islands has criticized a media report tackling China’s rising influence in the country as biased and racist, as it threatens to block “disrespectful” foreign journalists from entering the country.
The opposition and media groups have described the order of the prime minister as a form of press censorship.
Journalists were attacked while covering protests in Solomon Islands.
The Facebook ban or suspension is seen by critics and the opposition as an attempt to silence citizens who are exposing irregularities in government.
Indonesia’s influence in Fiji and the Solomon Islands may be behind a worrying crackdown in those islands.
The IFJ’s new report provides an insight into the media landscape and working conditions for media workers in Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu.
The Solomon Star newspaper has filed a police complaint over two incidents in which a group demanded compensation linked to headline-coverage of allegations of an extra-marital affair by the prime minister.
The newspaper says the compensation demand for US$10,000 is a form of harassment against journalists and the media.
“In an environment where the professional and personal lives of those in the media can often be closely linked to the communities they cover, it’s important that journalists are able to work without concerns for their safety,” says PFF.
(PINA/IFEX) – On 26 May 2002, PINA Nius Online reported that staff were threatened and a glass door and computer equipment were damaged at the offices of the Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC), the country’s national radio service. The events occurred in the countdown to the end of an amnesty on the return of guns. […]
(PINA/IFEX) – On 23 February 2002, Solomon Islands police were urged to arrest a government minister and “gun-toting terrorists” who forced the “Solomon Star” newspaper to pay the minister Sol$5,000 (approx. US$1,000). International award-winning Samoan newspaper publisher Savea Sano Malifa made the appeal during his keynote address to the PINA News Media, Human Rights and […]
PINA/IFEX) – On 31 January 2002, the PINA Secretariat wrote to recently elected Solomon Islands Prime Minister Sir Allan Kemakeza, urging him to urgently condemn and take action to stop intimidation of the country’s only daily newspaper, the “Solomon Star”. The PINA Secretariat in Suva, Fiji Islands, said that, according to its investigations, one of […]
(PINA/IFEX) – On 2 October 2000, a militia spokesperson in the Solomon Islands denied he threatened local journalist Duran Angiki. He said the militia would ensure Angiki and his family are safeguarded. Lawyer and former parliamentarian Andrew Nori, spokesperson for the Malaita Eagle Force, called a news conference in Honiara, the capital. He challenged allegations […]