SOLOMON Star has a national agenda.
It is one for peaceful co-existence, regardless of where you come from in our beloved Solomon Islands. To suggest otherwise as someone is always inclined to do is a figment of imagination, fact twisting and pedalling of lies.
Since its inception in 1982, Solomon Star and its reporters have and will always try to report fairly and truthfully. It is not an easy mandate to fulfil but it is one being used as a guide for the difficult task we have.
In Friday’s front page story of an armed group allegedly plotting the overthrow of the Sogavare government, we simply reported what was told to us, nothing more, nothing less.
Someone has now linked that story to his arrest. Our story never mentioned anything about arrest, if at all. Is it finally a realisation that some wrong has been committed and that the time for reckoning has finally arrived? If it is, that’s a credit to the nation.
The people of Solomon Islands have a right to know. Taking down a democratically elected government has serious security implications for everyone. Solomon Star feels it is its responsibility to expose this before it takes everyone by surprise.
Information that has come to hand to date suggests the hallmarks of the June 2000 armed takeover of then Prime Minister Bartholomew Ulufa’alu’s government. It’s a road no one wants to go down for the second time.
Far too many innocent people have suffered unnecessarily. Solomon Star and its reporters have a responsibility to the people of Solomon Islands in forewarning them about what might happen.
To ignore such a responsibility is an abrogation of responsibility and duty. In carrying out our duty, we will do our best to report fairly, truthfully and fearlessly.
It is our duty!