PNG: Academic Praises Local Reporters Bravery
* Pacific Media Watch Online - check the website for archive and links:
* Post a comment on PMW's Right
REPORTERS, BRAVERY HERALDED
PORT MORESBY (PNG Post-Courier/Pacific Media Watch): Papua New Guinea journalists don't get much recognition for the bravery they show in the line of duty, the Post-Courier reports.
And the tough environment due to lack of capacity in institutions to protect them often result in constraints on information that "borders on self-censorship".
These sentiments were expressed independently by South Pacific Post Ltd managing director Bob Howarth and visiting Murdoch University senior lecturer Dr Stephen Tanner yesterday in Port Moresby.
The two men said this following reports of harassment of journalists, including guns being pointed to the head —three times in the case of Post-Courier journalist Gorethy Kenneth— and the lack of protection from relevant institutions like police.
The comments and reports came out during the one-week post-election workshop hosted by the PNG Media Council with sponsorship from the Centre for International Journalism based at the University of Queensland.
Fifteen journalists from radio stations NBC, PNGFM, FM100 and the National and Post-Courier had reported their experiences in covering elections.
Some of them had decided to hold back information because it would have endangered their lives and others had swum across flooded rivers and had defied armed gunmen who tried to seize their cameras.
"I have worked as a journalist in London, Hong Kong, East Timor and Australia and I don't think that PNG journalists get enough recognition for the bravery they show," said Howarth.
PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH ONLINE http://www.pmw.c2o.org
PACIFIC MEDIA WATCH is an independent, non-profit, non-government organisation comprising journalists, lawyers, editors and other media workers, dedicated to examining issues of ethics, accountability, censorship, media freedom and media ownership in the Pacific region. Launched in October 1996, it has links with the Journalism Program at the University of the South Pacific, Bushfire Media based in Sydney, Journalism Studies at the University of PNG (UPNG), the Australian Centre for Independent Journalism (ACIJ), Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand, and Community Communications Online (c2o).
(c)1996-2002 Copyright - All rights reserved.
Items are provided solely for review purposes as a non-profit educational service. Copyright remains the property of the original producers as indicated. Recipients should seek permission from the copyright owner for any publishing. Copyright owners not wishing their materials to be posted by PMW please contact us. The views expressed in material listed by PMW are not necessarily the views of PMW or its members.
Recipients should rely on their own inquiries before making decisions based on material listed in PMW. Please copy appeals to PMW and acknowledge source.
For further information, inquiries about joining the Pacific Media Watch
listserve, articles for publication, and giving feedback contact Pacific
Watch at: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
Fax: (+679) 30 5779 or (+612) 9660 1804 Mail: PO Box 9,
Annandale, NSW 2038, Australia or, PO Box 78028, Auckland
1002, New Zealand. New website: www.pmw.c2o.org