POLYNESIAN AIRLINES WANTS JAIL FOR SAMOA NEWSPAPER EDITOR AND PUBLISHER

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APIA, Samoa (March 5, 1999 - Radio Australia)---Polynesian Airlines has asked Samoa's Supreme Court to jail a newspaper publisher and editor for questioning the purportedly high salaries of airline executives.

The government-owned airline obtained an injunction last month barring Samoa Observer editor Aumuagaolo Ropeti Ale and publisher Savea Sano Malifa from publishing any information about payments to senior staff without its permission.

But airline officials say an article last weekend violated the court order.

It sought a writ for a hearing on Monday to have the two men committed to Apia's prison.

The Pacific Island News Association (PINAP) has condemned the move.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has backed the Association. It sent a letter to the Prime Minister objecting to what it called a censorship attempt.

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