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PNG Media Council concerned over threats against PNG FM

Pacific Press Release – Pacific Media Watch

THREATS TO THE PNG MEDIA

PORT MORESBY (Media Council of PNG/Pacific Media Watch): The Media Council of PNG is concerned about threats issued to the staff of broadcaster PNG FM for breaking the story on the escape of William Kapris from Bomana
prison this week, the council says in a statement.

The council president, Joe Kanekane, says:

“At 7:45 am on January 14, a caller threatened to blow the office and attack the staff and the company vehicle. As a result, the staff, who are mostly young people, are terrified and their work is being affected.

“We hereby request for the media outlets and their journalists to exercise caution in performing their duties. Please endure that information sources are credible, and the information is accurate. Cross-sourcing of information will also be useful to avoid misrepresentation of the story which could attract violent reactions.

“When reporting stories from the police, please ensure that the information provided to you is accurate and authentic. This will enable you to tell the story accurately and confidently to the public without reservations.

“Please note that we are working with the Police Department to increase greater collaboration as sources for news and protectors of the media. Your understanding and action on this issue will be highly appreciated.”

Joe Kanekane
President
Media Council of PNG
www.pngmediacouncil.net

Source: 6604 Pacific Media Watch