Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2002 - Papua New Guinea
|Publisher||Reporters Without Borders|
|Publication Date||3 May 2002|
|Cite as||Reporters Without Borders, Reporters Without Borders Annual Report 2002 - Papua New Guinea, 3 May 2002, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/487c523dc.html [accessed 27 April 2015]|
The press of this eastern, independent part of the island of New Guinea has great freedom. Nevertheless, the government occasionally interferes with public media.
On 27 June 2001, Joe Walker, a cameraman with the private television channel EM TV, Blaise Nangoi, Jacqueline Kapigeno and George Corbett, respectively news director, reporter and photographer with the daily Papua New Guinea Post-Courier, and a crew from the daily National, were threatened and attacked in the capital Port Moresby by demonstrators and police during riots which occurred after the death of three students at the University of Papua New Guinea. Demonstrators burned a press vehicle.
On 29 August, Joe Ealadona, news director of the public radio National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC), declared that he had been fired from the radio station for "political" reasons. Shortly before this date, he broadcast several reports critical of government policy.