World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Journalists Prevented From Reporting Refugee Camp

Papua New Guinea/Australia Journalists Prevented From Reporting About Refugee Camp In Papua New Guinea

In a letter addressed to Immigration minister Philipp Ruddock, Reporters sans frontières (Reporters Without Borders-RSF) expressed its deep concern about the hindrances met by journalists who wished to report about the asylum seeker detention centres set by the Australian government in Papua New Guinea and on the island of Nauru.

"The Australian authorities must cancel the instructions given to Papuan authorities to prevent journalists access to the Manus camp", Robert Ménard declared, general secretary of the organisation.

"Once again, the Australian government makes use of authoritarian practices to hide the disastrous situation of human rights in these centres", M. Ménard added. The organisation for the defence of press freedom asked the minister to apply to Papua New Guinea and Nauru authorities so that visas be granted to journalists willing to report on centres for asylum seekers.

According to information obtained by RSF, the journalists applying for visas to Papua New Guinea had their requests systematically rejected without an explanation.

Greg Roberts, journalist for the daily Sydney Morning Herald, had been the first and only journalist to have had access to the refugee centre of Manus, an island of the Papua New Guinea archipelago, thanks to a tourist visa and introducing himself as a "birdwatcher".

No sooner had he entered the naval base where asylum seekers mostly of Iraqi nationality were detained that he was expelled by the personnel of a private security company controlled by former members of the Rhodesian police.

The next day, Greg Roberts was warned that the police and PNG armed forces were "after him". He soon left the island.

Lawrence Bunbun, an official by the PNG Ministry of Foreign Affairs, acknowledged that the Australian government had announced that "they didn't want anyone going in to see them, that it was not the business of anyone else" under the pretext of protecting the identity of the inmates.

The asylum seekers' centre of Manus is sheltering 360 refugees, 80% Iraqi citizens . Doctors and hospitals around have confirmed that some inmates had contracted malaria and some others would be affected by tuberculosis and typhoid.

The Australian government had already decided on 26 January 2002, to forbid the presence of journalists at least one kilometre around the detention centre of Woomera (Australia). The Immigration minister had declared that this prohibitive measure corresponded to an "operational decision made by civil protection services in connection with the security of the inmates".

+++niuswire

PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE: http://www.pmw.c2o.org

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Gordon Campbell: On The End Game In Spain (And Other World News)

The coverage of international news seems almost entirely dependent on a random selection of whatever some overseas news agency happens to be carrying overnight... Here are a few interesting international stories that have largely flown beneath the radar this past week. More>>

Amnesty/Human Rights Watch: Appalling Abuse, Neglect Of Refugees On Nauru

Refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru, most of whom have been held there for three years, routinely face neglect by health workers and other service providers who have been hired by the Australian government, as well as frequent unpunished assaults by local Nauruans. More>>

ALSO:

Other Australian Detention

Gordon Campbell: On The Censorship Havoc In South Africa’s State Broadcaster

Demands have included an order to staff that there should be no further negative news about the country’s President Jacob Zuma, and SABC camera operators responsible for choosing camera angles that have allegedly made the President ‘look shorter’ were to be retrained... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On A Bad Week For Malcolm Turnbull, And The Queen

Malcolm Turnbull’s immediate goal – mere survival – is still within his grasp... In every other respect though, this election has been a total disaster for the Liberals. More>>

ALSO:


Gordon Campbell: On Bidding Bye Bye To Boris

Boris Johnson’s exit from the contest for Conservative Party leadership supports the conspiracy theory that he never really expected the “Leave” option to win the referendum – and he has no intention now of picking up the poisoned chalice that managing the outcome will entail... More>>

ALSO:

Mexico: Violence And Repression Of Teachers

The member organizations of Network for Peace express our indignation over the acts of repression that the Mexican State has carried out, through the police forces... In Chiapas, Guerrero and Oaxaca, the conflict has resulted in murders of teachers and civilians as well as hundreds of wounded and dozens of people arrested. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Britain's Pleas For Mercy

So… Boris Johnson is promising that he won't be holding a snap general election, if he's chosen as the next UK Conservative Party leader. Reportedly, he is even making that promise a feature of his leadership campaign, since a vote for Boris would therefore mean (wink wink) that his colleagues wouldn't have to risk their jobs and face the wrath of the British public until 2020. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news