Samoa Observer’s Big F*ck-Up

samoa-observer-suicide-apologySamoa Observer’s Sunday edition published a photograph of a Samoan Faafafine who had recently committed suicide. Journalists around the world know VERY WELL that putting photos of dead people hanging is something you JUST DON’T DO – let alone with a homosexual! These guys not only did it on the front page, it was full-face identifiable body shot! Interested more in how they were responding to the negative feedback, I read many of the commentaries deliberately avoiding any links that may contain the photo, but unfortunately stumbled upon it despite my best efforts. My heart stopped, the hair went up on my neck and I exclaimed aloud, “Oh Fuck!” [yes literally]. This was a REAL F*ck-Up of the highest order, even for a tabloid. Then the owner of the local rag refused to comment, defended once, then apologised – sort-of! Samoa Observer, you’ve made another HUGE mistake! [Read more…]

Samoa Observer’s SobStory – SobServer

samoa-observer-google-going-goingSamoa Observer (Samoa’s local tabloid) is AGAIN in deep doodoo (and no it’s nothing to do with me suing them or them suing me!) it’s again their amateurish approach to IT matters, especially online. In this post I demonstrate that yet again Samoa Observer is poised to lose all their online history on Google, a worst case scenario for anyone interested in making or maintaining a web presence. I give them warning and advice.  [Read more…]

Credibility: Samoa Observer vs Blogger

defending-on-the-truthIn this post I share the entire contents of my Statement of Defence (and Counter-Counterclaim) in the $2m defamation case in the Supreme Court of Samoa, Samoa Observer vs Dennis Arthur Smith. I’m “going” on truth, nothing else. It’s now a full scale credibility war between the MSM and a blogger; between a Samoan High Chief and a Palagi (foreigner); a rich man vs poor man; a socially connected & powerful man vs a virtual social outcast. Legal Eagles will likely find it interesting.
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Samoa Observer – The Facts Please

tell-the-truth-pleaseMy motion lodged in the Supreme Court of Samoa today requests that Samoa Observer resubmit their Statement of Defence based on reality and not fabrications. Their lawyer, Rosella Viane Papalii will likely be scratching her head over this one because it’s a pretty direct backhanded swipe at her Statement of Defence and in some ways could be a taunt along the lines in sport, “Oh, please can have a better team to compete against?” Ouch! [Read more…]

The Two Million Tala Palagi

cover-600-ttmtpIn this post I announce the publication of my latest book (I think that makes it twelve in various stages of release). It’s a book that exposes misconduct from the owner and Editor-in-Chief of Samoa’s leading newspaper. The book contains a copy of all communications, blogs and legal documents including a $2m defamation case against me. This book is the journalistic equivalent to a single figure salute to a man whom I have shown to be not only fooled by gossip, but also his company to be a routine thief and recently proven a liar acting in malice, self-interest and total disregard for Christian ethics that his proud Samoan culture claims for itself. Enjoy now as I share the background to its publication and more . . .  [Read more…]

MEDIA RELEASE: Samoa Observer Sues: $2m

MEDIA RELEASE: Samoa Observer sues Blogger for $2m

DATE ISSUED: 7 October 2015


MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis A. Smith
+685 777-9999

Documents filed in the Supreme Court of Samoa, reveal that Samoa Observer, Samoa’s largest independent newspaper is suing Investigative Blogger, Dennis A. Smith for $2m (WST) and legal costs.

Claiming defamation, the Statement of Defence and Counterclaim states that the Blogger “has defamed [them] and Mr Malifa” and “has caused much embarrassment, distress and inconvenience”. As a result of the claimed defamation Samoa Observer is asking the court to award $1.5m (WST) in compensation and “exemplary and punitive damages in the sum of SAT$500,000”. [Read more…]

Suing Samoa Observer

samoaobserver-gunsightsThis post is one in a series about the shady conduct of Samoa Observer. I step forward with an offer of practical help to anyone who has been ripped off (past events or in the future). I’ll help you sue them. Not only will I do that – I’ll do it for no commercial benefit for myself. And the reason? I’m so p*ssed off at the shame that they’ve brought to the industry I work in and the country I live in that I want to do any and everything I can to rectify the matters. [Read more…]

Observations on Samoa Observer

samoa-observer-stolenIn previous posts I have pinged the Samoa Observer for ‘lacking a little’ in the ethics department, though they’re certainly not short of bleating about others’ misconduct! In this post I dig a little bit deeper and give an example of the type of shonky deals that the Samoa Observer gets up to. As always with BS like this the buck stops with the guy at the top, in this case not only the Editor-in-Chief Savea Sano Malifa, but I believe, the Editor too, Mata’afa Keni Lesa. [Read more…]

Open Letter – Samoa Observer

samoa-observer-judgeIn a recent court hearing in Samoa, the ‘local rag’ Samoa Observer has Counterclaimed $2m offering a ‘dodgy’ defence document containing outright lies and more. This concludes (for the moment) a sorry saga in the history of Samoan journalism. I first blogged about this in 2013 when I effectively called the owner and Editor-in-Chief, Savea Sano Malifa, a fool. He has now proved himself to be an unethical businessman (in simple words, a crook) and thus by extension his newspaper two-faced hypocrites. While this operation is high profile and pontificates extensively over moral issues, they are actually a danger to the Samoan business community. Others who have likewise been ripped off should take a good look at this development and seriously consider commencing their own litigation, for exposure and court cases seems to have their attention. And yes, there are certainly more than me who have been stung by these people!

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Blogger Sues Samoa Observer

This post contains the court documents used when I sued Samoa Observer. It contains the Statement of Claim, an update Statement of Claim, and my entire (30 page) Affidavit containing all the evidence, right down to the emails themselves. Enjoy. [Read more…]