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ACT NOW! condemns suspension of journalist Scott Waide

ACT NOW! has condemned the suspension of award winning journalist Scott Waide who has reportedly been sidelined on the orders of the government for his reporting on current issues affecting the country.

ACT NOW! says the suspension is a huge attack on media freedom and should be condemned by everyone in PNG and the region.

ACT NOW! has reiterated the Media Council’s call for the government to immediately reverse the suspension. 

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Media Intimidation, No Freedom

Source: Scott Waide – EMTV News

Another low point came yesterday when another Papua New Guinean journalist was threatened by senior members of the Royal Papua New Guinea Constabulary for maintaining contact with the suspended head of the Police Fraud Squad, Matthew Damaru.

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Morauta cautions PNG over Government's motive

Former Prime Minister for Papua New Guinea cautions citizens to value democracy and thier freedom of speech and expression in reference to moves by current Prime Minister, Peter O'Neill to curtail those rights

Source: PNG Today

People need to be aware of increasing threats by the current Government to the right of free speech and to the freedom and independence of the media, former Prime Minister Sir Mekere Morauta said today.

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Indonesia bans West Papua rallies for imprisoned journalists, 29 arrested

Picture: French journalist Thomas Dandois, who has been held in prison since August 6. Image: Reporters Sans Frontieres

Source: Pacific Scoop

The Indonesian government has banned West Papuan activist groups from holding a rally in West Papuato demand that French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat be released by the Indonesian authorities.

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Media Watch: Who is pulling The National's strings on SABLs?

The National newspaper, owned by Malaysian logging giant Rimbunan Hijau, seems to be struggling to present a fair and balanced coverage of the issue of Special Purpose Agriculture and Business Leases (SABLs).

On Thursday, May 5, Papua New Guinea's Acting Prime Minister, Sam Abal issued a press statement just before 4pm, announcing a Commission of Inquiry into the controversial issuing of SABLs covering over 5.2 million hectares of customary land.

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Pacific Freedom Forum condemns media interference by Papua New Guinea government

Susuve Laumaea,  Pacific Freedom Forum

Government officials responsible for the sudden suspension of senior news editor Dorah Masseung from her management position in the PNG National Broadcasting Corporation must let the national media do its work without fear or political pressure.

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