The Parliament Reporters’ Handbook was officially launched at the Maota o Tofilau Eti Alesana building, Mulinuu,
Deputy Prime Minister, Hon Tuala Tevaga Iosefo Ponifasio cut the ribbon and spoke on behalf of Government to support the initiative.
Other speakers included Hon. Speaker of the House Susuga Papalii Lio Oloipola Taeu Masipau, Australian High Commisioner to Samoa – Her Excellency Emily Luck, President of JAWS – Susuga Lagi Keresoma and Mr. Steve Chase – a Consultant with PACMAS.
Deputy Speaker Au’uapaau Mulipola Aloitafua and Deputy leader of the Opposition, Hon Lauofo Fonotoe Pierre Lauofo were also in attendance.
“The overall purpose of the handbook is to provide practical guidance and advice for journalists who are engaged in reporting the proceedings of the Legislative Assembly of Samoa.
“It gives journalists an overview of the protocols and systems of Parliament as well as information on best practices for Parliamentary reporting.
“The Parliamentary handbook is a great tool for journalists who now have the appropriate support for effective and responsible parliamentary reporting, and in turn guarantees that the public is given the most accurate information.”