Samoa’s media freedom climate: ‘Shining the light’

  • Misa Vicky Lepou National University of Samoa
Keywords: defamation, ethics, freedom of expression, intimidation, investigative journalism, media freedom, media law, media values, Samoa, Samoa Observer


Media freedom has had a long, proud history in Samoa. Struggling against the odds, the country’s only daily newspaper, the Samoa Observer, founded in 1978, championed the free media cause under the leadership of its founder, publisher and inaugural editor, Gatoaitele Savea Sano Malifa.  Now, as Samoa, enters into a new media generation, there is a pressing need for more training, better salaries, more women involved in media management, better technology facilities and more emphasis on media ethics and values in a Samoan context.


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Author Biography

Misa Vicky Lepou, National University of Samoa
Head of Media and Communication Department & Journalism Lecturer


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How to Cite
Lepou, M. V. (2017). Samoa’s media freedom climate: ‘Shining the light’. Pacific Journalism Review : Te Koakoa, 23(2), 11-25.