Wednesday, 24 October 2007
Missing Country C: Marshall Islands
'I'm going to stop you right there'
Alex Horne - 24th October 2007
I spoke to a man called Giff Johnson in the Marshall Islands on Tuesday night (although it was Wednesday morning for him). He's been the editor of the Marshall Island Journal for the last 22 years (that link would not have been possible two weeks ago, by the way - the islands' best (and only) newspaper's website went live for the first time on October 10th).
'I'm going to stop you right there', he said in a strong American accent when I'd told him roughly what I needed. 'We tried to find someone in London last year for another organisation and we searched and searched and couldn't find anyone. I'm sure nothing's changed since then'.
So there we go. There's no one here from the Marshall Islands. Just as we suspected but didn't want to believe.
The organisation doing that research last year, by the way: The Daily Mail. Ironic?