Yap’s traditional chiefs want to kick out Pacific Island Times correspondent

Traditional chiefs, members of the Council of Pilung from the four contiguous main islands of Yap, have written to the Yap Legislature as part of an effort to persuade the Federated States of Micronesia Congress to declare Pacific Island Times correspondent Joyce McClure persona non grata and that she be removed from Yap.

McClure is a U.S. citizen resident in Yap who is a correspondent for Pacific Island Times, though the chiefs render the name of the publication as “Pacific Time magazine news website.”

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The 10 traditional chiefs, charged under the Yap State constitution with overseeing matters of tradition and culture, maintain in a lengthy letter to Speaker Vincent Figir of the Yap State Legislature that McClure’s journalistic activities “[have] been or may be disruptive to the state environment and/or to the safety and security of the state” and demand that the FSM Congress declare “this particular american citizen” persona non grata.

“As the paramount authority of the land, we the Council of Chiefs find this lady’s activities are rather creating unnecessary turmoil in our small society that is entirely not called for. Therefore, we are collectively seeking assistance in the removal of Ms. Joyce McClure from the State of Yap and banning her publication of unverified information pertaining to the State of Yap and its People."

Nine of the 10 chiefs signed off on the view that McClure “has treated the local people of Yap State as uneducated fools and deemed irresponsible of how they should run their local government [sic].”

The letter goes on to accuse McClure, a veteran journalist and marketing expert who most recently was contracted to advise on the successful MicroGames in Yap, of journalistic malpractice: “[S]he obliviously began composing falsified n