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Mayor Storms Paper Office

Mayor Storms Paper Office

  • HONIARA (Post-Courier Online/Pacific Media Watch): The mayor of the Solomon Islands capital, Honiara, on Friday stormed the Solomon Star newsroom and demanded that the local daily stop publishing "negative stories" about the city council, the Post-Courier reports.

    Honiara City Council mayor David Dausabea, the subject of much controversy in the local media over his use of council funds, management of tendering processes and allegedly questionable land deals, told newsroom staff he did not want to see negative comments about his council published in future.

    "As of today, I will now ban any news items regarding the council from your paper. You have published so much negative comment about the council in your paper that is unfair. Don¹t you know I am the mayor," he said.

    Dausabea demanded that staff give him names of contributors to the newspaper's opinion page ‹ making allegations against him ‹ so that he could search for them. Attempts by a local journalist to explain it was against journalist ethics to reveal their identities and that he had a right to reply to the allegations were futile.



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