This is now an archive – for now

St Helena Online has provided independent, professional news and features coverage of one of the world’s most isolated islands for more than four years, and provided strong support for independent media on St Helena.

For now, the site is quietly sleeping while I work in the background on a time-consuming, complex issue involving human rights and media freedom. I hope to be back in action before the end of the UK summer – we’ll see.

This is a back-up copy of the site without most of the navigation and promotional content. The last story I published was about the impending official opening of St Helena’s first airport. The opening never happened: after Britain spent 285 million building the airport, it proved too dangerous for large passenger aircraft to land on it because of unpredictable wind turbulence near the runway – an incredible outcome and a disaster for the island.

It is not possible for me to cover that story adequately at present, but I can direct readers to the excellent work being done by the St Helena Independent – available on line from Friday evenings. Editor Vince Thompson is more concerned with finding out what is being done to put things right than with “blame journalism”. There aren’t many answers to the former but he’s unearthing some intriguing information about what’s gone wrong.

Cheers for now

Simon Pipe, owner of St Helena Online


About Simon Pipe

I teach journalism and media law part-time at university and spend the rest of the time, fell-running, dancing, creating. "Creating" can be taken many ways. I was a senior broadcast journalist at the BBC and a reporter, sub-editor and feature writer on newspapers before that. For five years I ran St Helena Online, a news website about the remote British island in the South Atlantic, at
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