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Penguin News editor sets out need for rigorous reporting

Screen grab from Telegraph website, featuring picture of Lisa Watson smilingThe editor of the Falkland Islands newspaper, Penguin News, is the subject of the regular “My perfect weekend” feature in London’s Telegraph newspaper. She notes that 95 per cent of students return home to the islands after going abroad to university – a figure St Helena might envy.

She also sets out the value of journalism.

“The islanders take Penguin News very seriously,” she says. “They often choose to phone me rather than the government when they have an issue, and they rely on the paper to give them the facts. For this reason, we tend to do a lot of rumour control and avoid speculation.”

Read the Telegraph article here.

The Sun shines a light on Lisa’s defiance

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The Sun shines a light on Lisa’s defiance

The Sun newspaper tells the stirring tale of the 12-year-old Falkland Islander who defied an Argentinian invader 30 years ago. It says Lisa Watson refused to budge for the “twitching” commander with the machine gun and faced him down.

Lisa Watson in The Sun. Click the pic to read the story

Lisa is now editor of the islands’ newspaper, Penguin News – a role that has put her in the firing line for Argentinians’ anger once again.

The feature’s headlined: “I defied Argies aged 12 and I’ll keep doing so. Truth is people here are proud to be British”.

Sun man Oliver Harvey gives an assessment of the current situation on the islands, including the implications of oil wealth coming to Stanley.

He quotes the islanders’ offer to use its extra income to share the cost of military protection at RAF Mount Pleasant.

It’s an intelligent, if slightly jingoistic piece of writing, though it should be said that it doesn’t actually have any quotes from Lisa that haven’t already appeared elsewhere, including on this website. Read it here (with thanks to UK-based Falkland Islander Graham Bound for the link).

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Editor Lisa is hatched, thatched and mis-matched

It doesn’t bear thinking about in too much detail, but this message from the editor of Penguin News, on the Twitter messaging website, is too good to resist:

Lisa Watson @Lisafalklands
Best tweet to me this week said I was the unwanted love child of Margaret Thatcher and Ian Paisley +once a year I paint my naked body orange

(Lisa has reported this week how she and other islanders have suffered abusive phone calls in the night from strangers in Argentina).