Journalists Association

Samoa journalists worried about proposed whistleblower law

An amendment to the crimes act would criminalise public servants disclosing official information to a third party for any reason.

The head of the Journalists Association of Samoa, Rudy Bartley, says the proposal is heavy-handed, as there are already laws protecting government information.

He says the problem is not the leaking, but the lack of information provided by the government on matters of public interest.

Mr Bartley said with no freedom of information laws, access to government information would be severely constrained by any such law.