Papua New Guinea - Alerts
Journalists reporting the 2012 election results and petitions must be able to work safely without fear of harassment, says PFF.
The call comes after reports of an unscheduled speech made by ousted Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare on the national broadcaster, NBC.
NBC journalist Mark Kayok was stepped in to stop a fight and when he identified himself as a journalist to police, they turned on him too.
Communications department secretary Paulius Korini initiated a heated discussion amongst regional journalists with his claims that media controls and regulation would help the industry towards balance in reporting.
Patrick Talu was threatened by police officers brandishing guns and a hand-grenade at a meeting between officials and landowners opposed to a controversial gas pipeline project.
A government press release stated that anyone found using a mobile phone, e-mail or Facebook to spread information considered "malicious" will be deemed to have committed a crime.
PFF is calling for an investigation into the incident and is warning media workers to be vigilant about their safety and their rights.
Another defamation suit filed against a PNG media organisation has raised questions on why public complaints are not being taken up with the national media complaints committee.
"The judiciary in Papua New Guinea deserves praise for refusing to gag the use of photos," said PFF.
Dorah Masseung was "relieved" of her duties after officials alleged the National Broadcasting Corporation had been "biased in its reporting on current political activities."
An impromptu viewing of raw opposition press conference footage in the offices of the prime minister has since been internally resolved, says PFF.
Pacific Freedom Forum has called on the Media Council of Papua New Guinea and news organizations to enforce codes of ethics and consider reactivating the dormant Independent Media Standards Committee.
(PINA/IFEX) - President of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Media Council Joe R. Kanekane has called for increased dialogue between the government, newsmakers and the media.
(PINA/IFEX) - The following is an excerpt from the 11 July 2008 PACNEWS bulletin:
(PINA/IFEX) - Political leaders have no right to muzzle the media or gag debate in Parliament, Papua New Guinea's Madang Governor Sir Arnold Amet told the governance symposium at Divine Word University in Madang, reports "The National".
(PINA/IFEX) - PINA president Joseph Ealedona has condemned the use of death threats against journalists. His condemnation follows reports that a Papua New Guinea (PNG) journalist reporting on the Taiwan/PNG diplomatic cash scandal has been the target of death threats and has had to be moved to a safe location.
(PINA/IFEX) - The following is a PINA statement:
(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release: