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By Fili Sagapolutele

PAGO PAGO, American Samoa (December 16, 2000 - Samoa News/PINA Nius Online)---A well informed public is an important aspect of a democratic society, says American Samoa Governor Tauese Sunia.

And the Governor told reporters that he plans to utilize the government-owned KVZK-TV to disseminate information directly to the public.

Tauese said he learned from the campaign the need for the government to get the information directly from the government to the people, noting that the two local newspapers have their own way of doing things.

Asked his opinion on the private media’s campaign coverage, the governor replied that he believed it was fair.

"Public communication," said Tauese, "means that we need to communicate more with our people, to enlighten everyone on what’s going on.

"I plan to be much closer to you (the public) in the next four years, and disseminate information directly to you, on what’s going on in the government," he continued.

The governor said that there used to be government-owned publications (e.g. Savali, Tala Eseese) before, "but we don’t want to publish a paper anymore.

"However, we will be putting out a newsletter on occasion to try to inform everyone of what is going on, but we also want to utilize this great medium, television, to keep you informed," the governor added.

In the early stages of the Tauese Administration, the government issued a short-lived quarterly newsletter, under the direction of Frank Pritchard, then a special assistant to the governor.

Tauese also said that he has no plans to recruit a press officer, at this time.

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