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Call on government to retain Samoa 2AP
Title -- 5265 SAMOA: Call on government to retain Radio 2AP
Date -- 20 January 2008
Byline -- None
Origin -- Pacific Media Watch
Source -- Radio NZ International 18/1/08
Copyright - RNZI
Status -- Unabridged
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CALL ON SAMOAN GOVERNMENT TO RETAIN RADIO 2AP
APIA (RNZI Online/Pacific Media Watch): The Samoan government has been urged to abandon its plan to sell the public broadcasters radio division, known as Radio 2AP.
The call comes from an independent MP, Lealailepule Rimoni Aiafi, who says the station using the AM band should remain a government property.
He says this is to continue a service in times of natural disasters and other important public announcements.
Speaking in Parliament, Lealailepule said only the SBC television and the FM radio station should be privatised.
But the Prime Minister, Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, says the sale of the broadcaster has been in the pipeline for years and there is nothing to worry about as government will pay to get media access.
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