Samoa 🇼🇸 (known as Western Samoa until 1997) is a country in Oceania which practices Christianity. It obtained independence from New Zealand in 1962. Its society is deeply conservative and devoutly Christian.

General censorship[]

The law provides for freedom of speech and of the press, and the government generally respected these rights in practice and did not restrict academic freedom or the Internet. In general the independent media were active and expressed a wide variety of views without restriction. The law stipulates imprisonment for any journalist who refuses to reveal a confidential source despite the issuance of a court order upon request from any member of the public at large. However, there has been no court case invoking this law.

Due to the conservative nature of Samoa's culture, some of the content may not be allowed on grounds of Christian values in Samoa (which are preserved very dearly).

Book censorship[]

  • Angels and Demons was banned in the country for being deemed critical of the Catholic Church (the country had previously banned the movie's predecessor The Da Vinci Code for the same reason).

Movie censorship[]

  • Angels & Demons - this film was banned due to the censor describing the film as "critical of the Catholic Church"[1].
  • The Da Vinci Code - this film was banned after church leaders who attended a pre-release screening filed a complaint with film censors, stating that the film would "affect the belief of young people whose faith was not strong."
  • The Cell 2 - banned in Samoa for its violent content.
  • Milk - this biographical film about Harvey Milk was banned in the South Pacific country without a reason. Later, it was explained that the censors deemed it "inappropriate and contradictory to Christian beliefs and Samoan culture": "In the movie itself it is trying to promote the human rights of gays." The sex scenes in particular were considered inappropriate by the Samoan Censor Board.
  • National Lampoon Van Wilder: Freshman's Year was banned in 2009.
  • Rocketman - banned due to its gay sex scenes.

Television censorship[]

Samoa had its first television network in 1993.

Video game censorship[]

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