IFJ Condemns Censoring of Court Reporting in PNG



International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its partner the Pacific

Freedom Forum (PFF) in condemning the actions of Papua New Guinean police

officers and soldiers, who ordered local journalists out of the Supreme Court and

forced others to delete their images and recordings, on Thursday May 24, 2012.


According to a

PFF report,

the intervention of the police and soldiers into the court room of Chief

Justice Sir Salamo Injia was directed by Deputy Prime Minister Belden Namah.


A court

reporter for radio station PNG FM was among those ordered out of the court

house, and at least one photographer reported being forced to delete images he

was taking.  


“The IFJ joins

the PFF in condemning this clear denial of press freedom”, IFJ Asia-Pacific



“In this

sensitive time for PNG, the role of journalists in keeping citizens informed

has never been more important.


"The IFJ

joins the PFF in urging PNG’s police, soldiers and political leaders to uphold

the rule of law, and hold to account those responsible for intimidating and

censoring the country’s journalists.”



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