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The Samoa Observer is the largest newspaper group in Samoa published in both English and Samoan. The Samoa Observer is published Monday to Friday, the Weekend Observer on Saturdays and the Sunday Samoan on Sundays with all editions available online. Coverage includes local and international news, editorial opinion, sports and investigative journalism.[1] The Samoa Observer was founded in 1978 by Editor in Chief, Savea Sano Malifa,[2] a poet and leading Pacific journalist who was awarded the prestigious Commonwealth Astor Award for press freedom in 1998.[3]

Samoa Observer
Owner(s)Samoa Observer Limited
PublisherMuliaga Jean Ash Malifa
EditorMata’afā Keni Lesa
HeadquartersApia, Samoa

The independent paper has received other awards for investigative journalism and press freedom.[1] It has faced lawsuits from government officials and business leaders following the publication of stories about corruption and abuse of public office in Samoa. [3]The main offices are located in Apia, the country's capital.

In 1994, the paper's offices were destroyed in a fire after the official corruption stories.[4]


  1. ^ a b [1] Samoa Observer website. Retrieved 1 August, 2010
  2. ^ Stanley, David (1999). Tonga-Samoa Handbook. David Stanley. p. 112. ISBN 1-56691-174-5.
  3. ^ a b Roger Kaplan, Robert L. Bartley (1999). Freedom in the World: The Annual Survey of Political Rights and Civil Liberties, 1998-1999. Transaction Publishers. p. 397. ISBN 0-7658-0675-4.
  4. ^ Deborah J. McNamara, Bernard Eccleston, Michael Dawson (1998). The Asia-Pacific profile. Routledge. p. 283. ISBN 0-415-17279-9.

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