Papua New Guinea - Alerts

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9 July 2012 |

Governor leads more abuse against PNG media

Journalists reporting the 2012 election results and petitions must be able to work safely without fear of harassment, says PFF.
24 May 2012 |

Parties urged to respect media role

The call comes after reports of an unscheduled speech made by ousted Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare on the national broadcaster, NBC.
23 April 2012 |

Journalist assaulted by police

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.
30 March 2012 |

Comments by government information advisor raise concern

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.
9 March 2012 |

Police officer threatens newspaper reporter

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.
23 February 2012 |

IFJ concerned over announcement of new "monitoring" committee

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.
1 February 2012 |

Soldiers threaten to shoot journalist

PFF is calling for an investigation into the incident and is warning media workers to be vigilant about their safety and their rights.
24 November 2011 |

Recent defamation cases highlight complaints process and ethics

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.
10 March 2011 |

PFF welcomes fair use ruling on mining photos

"The judiciary in Papua New Guinea deserves praise for refusing to gag the use of photos," said PFF.
16 December 2010 |

PFF calls on government officials to reinstate senior news editor, let media do its work

Dorah Masseung was "relieved" of her duties after officials alleged the National Broadcasting Corporation had been "biased in its reporting on current political activities."
25 August 2009 |

Concerns about government interfering with state broadcaster resolved

An impromptu viewing of raw opposition press conference footage in the offices of the prime minister has since been internally resolved, says PFF.
12 July 2009 |

PFF calls for revival of media standards committee

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.
20 November 2008 |

Government bans newspaper from reporting on 2009 budget

(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.
19 June 2008 |

Politician denounces gagging of debate in Parliament, prime minister's threats against media

(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".
22 May 2008 |

Journalist reporting on government scandal receives death threats

(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.
2 December 2003 |

Reporter assaulted by police officers

(PINA/IFEX) - The following is a PINA statement:
13 August 2003 |

Newspaper offices attacked, correspondent threatened

(CPJ/IFEX) - The following is a CPJ press release:

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