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
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.
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
“The IFJ joins
the PFF in condemning this clear denial of press freedom”, IFJ Asia-Pacific
sensitive time for PNG, the role of journalists in keeping citizens informed
has never been more important.
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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