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‘Kiribati Independent’ Newspaper Resumes Publication
Closed since last June, investigation into paper unclear

TARAWA, Kiribati (The Kiribati Independent, Jan. 25, 2013) – Kiribati Independent, the fourth newspaper in the Pacific nation of Kiribati resumes publication today.

The newspaper closed down in June last year while police investigated the complaint of the Ministry of Communication claiming that the paper has breached the law.

Editor and publisher, Taberannang Korauaba, says neither the police nor the Communications have advised him on the progress of that investigation.

"Our lawyer has advised us that Kiribati Independent does not break any laws and asked the publisher to commence publication," he says.

Counsel for Kiribati Independent wrote a letter in May last year challenging the Communication’s directive to close down the paper. In that letter, Banuera Berina asked the Secretary to take the publisher to court if he believes the law has been breached.

"They have not responded to that letter and that is why our lawyer has told us to print and circulate the papers. If the Ministry or the police have further queries, they should speak directly to our lawyer," Mr Korauaba says.

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