International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its associate the Pacific
Freedom Forum in condemning the brutal attack by a unit of Papua New Guinea’s uniformed
police officers on local journalist Mark Kayok on the evening of Saturday April
21, in the country’s capital, Port Moresby.
Kayok, a crime
reporter with Papua New Guinea’s National Broadcasting Corporation, reportedly
sustained a broken nose and other injuries in the attack. He is currently at
been on assignment on Saturday evening before meeting up with a friend – an
off-duty but uniformed police officer.
home, the pair were followed by a mobile Police Unit who stopped them at a
service station in Six Mile and began assaulting the Police officer.
Kayok tried to stop the attack, the assailants asked him to identify himself. Upon
identifying himself as an NBC journalist, Kayok was also attacked by the group
of police officers, who told him that the media were not reporting positively
alleged that Kayok and his friend were kicked, punched and hit with the butt of
a rifle. In addition, both men had their mobile phones taken and destroyed by
assaults come in the wake of ongoing tensions within Police ranks in Port
Moresby, after reports of fighting between factions of Highlands and Port
Moresby National Capital District police officers in the last week.
joins the PFF in calling on PNG’s law enforcement agencies to fully investigate
these alleged assaults,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
assault of journalists in retribution of perceived negative reporting is a
clear violation of media rights. The press should be able to report freely on
events in the public interest, without fear for their personal safety.”
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