In 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 Blogger for $2m
DATE ISSUED: 7 October 2015
MEDIA CONTACT: Dennis A. Smith
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…]
This 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…]
In 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…]
In 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!
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…]
Today in the Samoa District Court I received details of Samoa Observer’s defence and counter-claim to my court case where I sued them for $3,500.00. In their documents reproduced in full here, Samoa Observer denies ALL my claims and in turn is suing me for $2,000,000.00 – defamation, oh, and don’t forget $40,000.00 legal expenses! In this post I analyse their defence and counter-claim showing that my original post was dead on the nail . . . the owner of this local rag Savea Sano Malifa not only lacks humility and, integrity but now it seems, common sense. My first claim of foolishness on his part was an understatement. Enjoy as the truth comes out . . . [Read more…]
What is unusual for me is that this example is remarkably clear and in writing, from an influential Samoan leader. Apart from the many witnesses who have spoken to me and emails proving professional misconduct of a government department CEO, it is actually the first time that I have documentary proof for others to see of the mostly hidden workings of the Samoan gossip machine.