Media development model

Thanks to the liveliness of media groups such as Talamua Media and the Samoa Observer Group and individual newspapers such as Iniini, Samoa continues to be a model in the Pacific region. The Media Council law adopted in early 2015 decriminalized defamation but some media outlets had their reservations, accusing the ruling Human Rights Protection Party of planning to use the Council to exercise more effective control over the Samoan media. The Samoa Media Council was finally created in 2016 and its first task was the adoption of a code of ethics in February 2017. However, some media outlets are still concerned that the government could take advantage of the Council in the event of conflicts with the media.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



29 in 2016

Global score


18.80 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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