Madang Governor apologises to media personnel

The Madang Governor has raised concerns on the treatment of media personnel by a minority group at Baluai village on Manam Island.

This follows reports that media personnel were assaulted whilst trying to gather information during the eruption on the weekend.

A frustrated Madang Governor Peter Yama said media personnel were always on the frontline to get information and alert relevant authorities on situations, therefore they must be respected at all times.

He added that the incident involved a minority group from Baluai village and those involved will be dealt with accordingly.

“On behalf of my people of Madang, I am very sorry for what happened to the media personnel on Sunday.

“Media is very important and journalists must be treated with utmost respect.”

Meanwhile, a councilor from that village has killed a pig as a token of apology, and gave it to the media staff today.

According to one of the journalists in Madang, they were confronted by angry villagers at Baliau Village on Sunday whilst covering Saturday's eruption.

During that time, one of the female reporters was badly assaulted and sustained facial injuries.

The boat they were using was also confiscated by the villagers.

In spite of that, the media personnel are back on the island today to monitor the situation.

Governor Yama further said the Manam situation is under control with PNGDF and police personnel on ground to monitor it.

“We have gone through the same situation in the past and we are prepared and knew where to go when Manam erupted on Saturday.”

Freddy Mou