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


IFJ condemns assault by officials on Post-Courier journalist

PNG: IFJ condemns assault by officials on Post-Courier journalist

Monday, February 19, 2018

Item: 10090

PORT MORESBY (International Federation of Journalists/Pacific Media Watch): The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins the Papua New Guinea Media Workers’ Association (PNGMWA) in strongly condemning the recent attack on a journalist by officers of the Governor of Morobe in Papua New Guinea.

The IFJ and PNGMWA demand an immediate investigation into the attack.

Franky Kapin, a journalist with the PNG Post-Courier, was assaulted by the officers after they made allegations that his reporting was biased. News of the assault only came to light after the PNG Media Council released a statement condemning the attack, following Kapin making a report to police.

The PNG Media Council said: “The media does not take sides. Its role is to report on and inform its audiences, who are the people of PNG, on the performances of its elected leaders… Intimidation of media practitioners is draconian behavior, and something neither accepted, nor condoned by the industry.”

The PNGMWA said: PNGMWA is very angry and we call on the Governor of Morobe to immediately sack the person(s) responsible. Journalists play a vital role in ensuring news and events are reported for public consumption.

"This role is protected by the Constitution, so as the public’s right to information. We must work with the relevant authorities, including the police to put a stop to this kind of behaviour. To this end, we demand that the police arrest and charge the person(s) responsible.”

The IFJ said: “We stand with our colleagues in PNG in demanding immediate action to bring those responsible to justice. Journalists should be able to work freely without fear. When the media is intimidated, it only serves to weaken press freedom and the ability of the media to report freely and independently.”

Media Council blames 'primitive thinking' for assault on jourmalist


© Scoop Media

World Headlines


UN: Visionary ‘Blue Transformation’ Strategy To Enhance Underwater Food Systems

Record levels of fisheries and aquaculture production are making a critical contribution to global food security, the UN Ocean Conference under way in Lisbon, Portugal, heard on Wednesday...
Abu Akleh Shooting: Fatal Shot Came From Israeli Forces, Says OHCHR
Israeli forces were behind the fatal shooting of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank - not indiscriminate Palestinian firing - the UN human rights office, OHCHR, alleged on Friday... More>>

Ethiopia: Conflict, Drought, Dwindling Food Support, Threatens Lives Of 20 Million

Hunger is tightening its grip on more than 20 million Ethiopians who are facing conflict in the north, drought in the south and dwindling food and nutrition support beginning next month, the UN food relief agency warned on Thursday... More>>

UN Ocean Conference: Opens With Call For Urgent Action To Tackle Ocean Emergency
With climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution exacting a devastating toll on the world’s ocean — critical to food security, economic growth and the environment... More>>

World Vision: Deeply Concerned For Thousands Affected By Afghanistan Quake
World Vision is deeply concerned about the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Afghanistan in the wake of a powerful earthquake in the early hours of this morning... More>>

Malaysia: UN Experts Welcome Announcement To Abolish Mandatory Death Penalty

UN human rights experts* today commended an announcement made by the Malaysian government that it will abolish the country’s mandatory death penalty and encouraged Parliament to take concrete steps to pass the agreement into law... More>>