Overseas journalists banned
Quoting the Solomon Star newspaper – 21 March 2019
“INTERNATIONAL journalists were banned from covering and entering the oil spill site and the wrecked MV Solomon Trader in Rennell Island, Wedesday.
“Reliable sources told the Solomon Star that it was believed that orders to stop the journalists came from Honiara and a few people on the ground on Rennell who are agents of Bintan Mining Company.
“The international journalists were from New Zealand TV 3 who are currently covering the current oil spill effects in Rennell.
“The MV Solomon Trader had been loading bauxite from a mine on the island in the days before Cyclone Oma pushed it aground on a coral reef, in the early hours of 5 February.
“Our source told this paper that whilst the journalists should be allowed to do their work they also need to be aware of our country’s media regulation.
“But according to the Government Communication Unit Director George Herming he denied having aware of this incident.”
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