International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its associate the Pacific
Freedom Forum in expressing its disappointment at comments made by a government
information adviser attending the Pacific Media Summit in Suva that it is not the job of journalists to
Secretary of the Papua New Guinea (PNG) Department of Communications and
Information, Paulius Korini, initiated a heated discussion among regional
journalists in an Anti-Corruption workshop with his claims that media controls
and regulation would help the media industry achieve balance in reporting.
a former mainstream broadcast journalist, now a senior information adviser to
thePacific's largest developing country - told other participants who disagreed
with his statement that he agreed with some of their views. Just hours later,
he told Radio Australia journalist Bruce Hill twice in the same interview that it's not the job of PNG's journalists to challenge government, and that
the media should work in partnership with governments and be more responsible
in their reporting.
strongly challenges Deputy Secretary Korini’s statement that holding
governments accountable is not the role of journalists”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
journalists must hold themselves to the highest standards of accountability and
ethics, this should not preclude them challenging governments when necessary.
In fact, the media plays an essential role in providing a voice for the
community, by ensuring that governments operate in line with principles of
democracy, transparency and good governance.”
urges the Government of PNG to publicly refute the statements made by Deputy
Secretary Korini, and reaffirm its commitment to press freedom and media
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