SOLOMONS POLICE CHIEF APOLOGIZES FOR MEDIA ASSAULTS

HONIARA, Solomon Islands (SIBC, July 23) - Police Commissioner William Morrell apologized to foreign journalists who were chased and assaulted by police officers at the Henderson International airport on Monday afternoon.

The foreign journalists were trying to film dolphins that were airlifted by a cargo jet at the airport to Mexico.

The police officers that were engaged by the businessman who exported the dolphins to Mexico confiscated the camera of one journalist and assaulted others.

But in a news conference in Honiara yesterday, Morrell apologized to the journalists saying that neither he nor his senior officers gave orders for the seizure of equipment and the action they have taken.

He said they may have been acting on orders given by the dolphin exporters or they may have acted on their own.

Morrell admitted that directives have not been communicated to the junior officers involved in the action.

The Commissioner added that from now on, journalists are free to take photos at the airport and that directives have been given to senior officers to communicated the orders to their subordinates.

Two foreign journalists were briefly arrested Monday afternoon while trying to photograph the exportation of 28 live dolphins to Mexico.

July 23, 2003

Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corp.: www.sibconline.com.sb 

 

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