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Samoan journalists protest over social media crackdown

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Journalists in Samoa are concerned that proposed new laws to crack down on social media users defaming people may end up affecting them as well.

The laws were repealed in 2013, but now Prime Minister Tuilaepa Sailele has asked the attorney general to look at reintroducing them, saying it’s a Christian move to protect victims of defamation, Pacific Beat reports.

According to the Acting President of the Journalists Association of Samoa, Rudy Bartley, the actions of anonymous bloggers and Facebook users should not be used as an excuse to crack down on legitimate reporters.

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