PROFOUND SILENCE ON MARSHALL ISLANDS RADIO

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EDITORIAL

The Marshall Islands Journal Majuro, Marshall Islands

Friday, September 3, 1999

Despite the fact that a very major action was taken last week by employees and supervisory staff of the nation’s health services, a profound silence on the news was evidenced on the government radio.

(SEE: MARSHALLS’ HEALTH STAFF CLOSE MAJURO HOSPITAL at http://pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/pireport/1999/august/08-30-02.html and MARSHALL ISLANDS HOSPITAL WORKERS WALK OUT AGAIN, BRIEFLY at http://pidp.ewc.hawaii.edu/pireport/1999/september/09-02-01.html)

Such unwillingness on the part of the appropriate staff of V7AB to do their job fairly and forthrightly in the face of controversy suggests either an inability to function as required, or a fear to do so.

In either event, the net result is a lack of information being provided listeners, many of whom are in the outer islands and kept in ignorance simply because the V7AB staff who should be doing their job are afraid to or are incapable.

We are not suggesting that the government radio take sides or come out with editorial comment. We are expressing the observation that in ignoring obvious news material of great import, V7AB is effectively functioning irresponsibly and unprofessionally. The real boss of V7AB is the people of the Marshall Islands, not some government minister or secretary of this ‘n that. Respect and serve your boss.

The Marshall Islands Journal, Box 14, Majuro, Marshall Islands 96960 E-mail: journal@ntamar.com Subscriptions (weekly): 1 year US $87.00; international $213.00 (air mail).

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