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MASI Condemns Attack On Star Photojournalist


MASI Condemns Attack On Star Photojournalist

HONIARA (MASI/Pacific Media Watch): The Media Association of Solomon Islands has strongly condemned the actions of the relatives of disgraced former police superintendent James Kili outside the Honiara Magistrates Court yesterday morning when they chased and almost harmed the Solomon Star's chief photographer, Charles Kadamana.

Kadamana was taking a picture of Kili, who was sent to jail for five years.

The Solomon Star photographer was able to get to his company's head office unharmed after he was chased on the street, his shirt ripped off and his camera almost snatched.

In a statement issued by MASI yesterday, it said the action taken by relatives of Kili was uncalled for and was a blatant disregard for the work of the local media.

It added that this was a direct interference with the freedom of the press in Solomon Islands.

Although the Solomon Star newspaper has reported the matter to the police for investigations, MASI urges all the media workers in Solomon Islands to be united and strong against such unwarranted actions.

The statement added that the executive of MASI also reminded all members to protect the freedom of press in Solomon Islands so that journalists could continue fully inform their readers and listeners without fear or favour.

MASI also called on the public in Solomon Islands to respect the work of media if they wanted to be informed of the truth and given the true facts.

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PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).

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