COOK ISLANDS PUBLISHER STANDS BEHIND STORY

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (RNZI, June 17) - The publisher of the
Cook Islands Times said he would not apologize to the Prime Minister, Dr Robert
Woonton, over a story about his overseas travel.

Publisher George Pitt said he would rather face a lawsuit, which
he is being threatened with, than offer an apology for a story which he said was
accurate.

The story said Woonton took his wife on two overseas trips on
taxpayer money when he was only entitled to do so once and that money. .

"I believe that high on the agenda of the Prime Minister's
office, and his close advisors, whether it's being instigated by the Prime
Minister himself or them, the agenda is to find the ways and means to revoke our
television and radio licences," Pitt said.

June 18, 2003

Radio New Zealand International: http://www.rnzi.com/ 

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