Samoa launches toll-free number for complaints over media platforms

The Office of the Regulator announced the new toll-free number for the service.

A statement from the Office of the Regulator said the toll free number 800 6687 (800 OOTR) can be dialed from any telecommunication service provider’s network during office working hours.

The Office's use of the toll-free number is in line with its powers under the following legislation: the Telecommunications Act 2005; the Broadcasting Act 2010; the Electricity Act 2010; and the Postal Act 2010. 

George Clooney asks media not to publish photos of his children

The star says such images put his two children in danger, particularly due to his wife's line of work.

Amal Clooney is a human rights lawyer who, the actor notes in his letter, puts terrorist groups on trial.

His comments were published by several trade magazines, including Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline.

The actor, who has starred in Gravity and Ocean's Eleven, said he and his wife are not on social media and are protective of their children's privacy.

Samoa journalism body clarifies deregistration claim by Loabay

Loabay claimed that JAWS is de-registered and defunct.

“JAWS is a Statutory Body and is not defunct. Further to claims by Loabay Global News that the Journalist Association of Samoa (JAWS) is “de-registered and defunct,” we clarify as follows,” JAWS responded.

“JAWS is the National Media Association of Samoa. It is a Statutory body established by Parliament under the Media Council Act 2015.

COVID procurement under the Pacific media microscope

The session was supported by the United Nations Pacific Regional Anti-Corruption (UN-PRAC) Project and the Pacific Islands News Association (PINA). 

The Pacific Anti-Corruption Journalists Network (PACJN) hosted the 28 April webinar for UN-PRAC and PINA through the Media Association of Tonga (MAT), with a presentation by UN-PRAC international procurement specialist, Kuban Mambetkulov, on current good practices in COVID-19 procurement.

Samoa PM calls parliament media filming ban 'stupid'

Talamua Media reported a press release, from the Office of the Clerk, informed media all video and still cameras are prohibited inside the new Maota Fono during parliament sessions.

The new arrangement comes after the new parliament building was opened last week.

Tuilaepa told Talamua he was not aware of the ban, saying he would have stopped the notice if he'd known.

He expressed surprise at not seeing any journalists in parliament.

Sonny Bill Williams hits back over 'leeches' controversy

Earlier this month, Newstalk ZB presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan told her listeners it was not worth the expense of sending the PM to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

"The Pacific Islands wants money from us," she said.

"The Pacific Islands don't matter. They are nothing but leeches on us."

Her comments were posted on social media, prompting lots of angry reactions and some abusive and offensive putdowns of the broadcaster herself.

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.

Samoa media head says there are positives to end of police briefings

Last week, Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sa'ilele Malielegaoi, who is also the police minister, stopped such briefings because he says the media was reporting too many stories about rape and incest and painting Samoa in a negative light.

He also said the media was lazy and wanted to be spoon-fed.

The editor of the Samoa Observer newspaper said the comments were insulting and the cancellation of briefings would impact on the ability of the public to find out news.

But JAWS president Apulu Lance Polu said the comments were not directed at all the media.


'Tyra Banks hated our guts'

McHale is a comedy all-rounder. He hosted The Soup on Channel E in which he satirised the entertainment industry and pop culture from 2004 until 2015.

He’s also a comedian, actor, (he plays Jeff Winger on the sitcom, Community), writer and TV producer.

McHale is in Auckland this September for a one-off show and he told Jesse Mulligan he likes to keep busy.

“If I’m not working I go faintly bonkers,” he says.

McHale has skewered many a celebrity, so does he have to avoid the Hollywood party scene?  

Three journalists leaving CNN after retracted article

Thomas Frank, who wrote the story in question; Eric Lichtblau, an editor in the unit; and Lex Haris, who oversaw the unit, have all left CNN.

"In the aftermath of the retraction of a story published on, CNN has accepted the resignations of the employees involved in the story's publication," a spokesman said Monday evening.

An internal investigation by CNN management found that some standard editorial processes were not followed when the article was published, people briefed on the results of the investigation said.