Freedom of the Press

Solomon Islands orders national broadcaster SIBC not to report content critical of government

Key points:

  • The Solomon Islands government is seizing financial and editorial control of the Pacific nation's public broadcaster 
  • The government says its censorship will protect the public from "misinformation and lies"
  • Local media and observers fear democracy will suffer as a result 

Staff at Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) confirmed to the ABC that acting chairman of the board William Parairato met with them last Friday to outline the new requirements.