Rising opposition to Samoa's libel law

Rudy Bartley told the Samoa Observer that the re-introduction of libel is a regressive step after the government had first abolished the law in 2013.

The call was also made over the weekend by Gatoa'itele Savea Sano Malifa, the paper's publisher, when he was marking its 40 years in operation.

Sano called on Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi and his government to do away with this re-introduced law at the paper's celebrations in Apia.

'Upskirting': It happened to me

But she was amazed to discover that there is no specific law against "upskirting" in most of the UK - only in Scotland. After the police closed her case, Gina began a petition to get it reopened, and now she is lobbying for a change in the law.

Martin's article about her experience struck a chord with many of you. We asked readers to tell us if they had been the victim of upskirting, and whether the perpetrator was punished. Here are some of your stories - names have been changed.

"I was at the bus stop"

Concerns over law vs cultural pressures in Samoa

Eliota Fuimaono Sapolu believes his client dropped his election petition from the recent general election because of pressure from the villages of the constituency, as well as the respondent's supporters and relatives.

RNZI reports his client, the former Alataua i Sisifo MP, Lafaitele Patrick Leiataualesa, had accused Aliimalemanu Alofa Tu'uau of bribery and treating before the general election last month.