Delay on news reporter ruling

Saturday June 27, 2020 Written by Published in Politics

Speaker of the House Niki Rattle will determine next week whether a Cook Islands News article was incorrect and unfair and if the newspaper’s political editor will be barred from Parliament.

 Rattle has asked for more time to listen to Hansard recordings and review livestream video and the newspaper article, as a Parliamentary motion required.

On Monday, a motion was passed by the majority in Parliament criticising a Cook Islands News report. 

The article quoted Opposition MP Terepai Maoate Jr seeking payment of his spousal allowance entitlement, and asking whether outer island MPs living in their constituencies were entitled to same privilege as those living on Rarotonga.

Prime Minister Henry Puna said the article pointed the finger at all MPS, suggesting they were “just concerned about looking after ourselves during this difficult time”.

Puna acknowledged that Cook Islands News said the report was accurate and factual. “I beg to differ,” he said.

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