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MASI respond to Solomon Star editorial

The Media Association of Solomon Islands (MASI) strongly disagrees with the recent editorial published by the Solomon Star newspaper, which has falsely implicated MASI in its battle with the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

In a media statement MASI acknowledged and respects Solomon Star as the longest serving newspaper company, but vehemently condemn the Editorial for its lack of truth and fairness. MASI adheres to fundamental principles of ethical journalism, which, unfortunately, the Solomon Star failed to uphold in this instance.

The Solomon Star editorial

It highlighted that Solomon Star did not exhibit journalistic integrity by failing to reach out to MASI President, Georgina Kekea, for an interview or verification. This disregard for responsible reporting and fact-checking undermines the credibility of their publication. The Editorial deliberately implicated MASI and others to justify its actions, showcasing a clear disregard for ethical reporting practices. Solomon Star inappropriately used information shared by MASI with its members, thereby disrespecting the confidential nature of the MASI/Member relationship.

The Association clarified that Solomon Star, as a private company, has the right to engage in business with whomever it chooses, and MASI does not intend to interfere with that freedom. However, MASI condemned the unethical conduct demonstrated by the newspaper. Solomon Star, as a News company, should be aware of the necessary steps to take after publishing a misleading and inaccurate Editorial.

Meanwhile, MASI expressed its gratitude to the country’s donor partners for their continuous support in developing the media landscape. We extend special thanks to Australia for their funding support which will enable the MASI to recruit a Coordinator to implement activities for the benefit of its members, including Solomon Star if they choose to remain in solidarity with MASI and embrace its values and code of ethics. 

It said the media plays a crucial role in society, and it is essential to uphold the highest standards of integrity, accuracy, and fairness. MASI remains committed to promoting ethical journalism and will continue to work towards fostering a responsible and accountable media environment in Solomon Islands.


Media release