Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC)

Australian High Commissioner summoned by Solomon Islands government over ABC's Four Corners report

Honiara denies wanting to control Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation, while moving to replace its board

Key points:

  • The Solomon Islands government is able to make board appointments directly, after removing national broadcaster as a state-owned enterprise
  • Critics say the government is moving to control the public broadcaster's editorial policies 
  • SIBC's chief executive and the Solomon Islands government deny censorship claims 

Concerns have been mounting over the fate of the independence of Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation (SIBC) since it became a fully government-funded entity. 

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.