UN, US call for free press in PNG

The United Nations and the United States say they stand with journalists and media professionals and condemn any effort to curb media freedom.

In a statement, the UN and US say free press has the power to transform societies and foster economic growth and build the confidence of investors.

“We all depend on it.

Sonny Bill Williams hits back over 'leeches' controversy

Earlier this month, Newstalk ZB presenter Heather du Plessis-Allan told her listeners it was not worth the expense of sending the PM to the Pacific Islands Forum in Nauru.

"The Pacific Islands wants money from us," she said.

"The Pacific Islands don't matter. They are nothing but leeches on us."

Her comments were posted on social media, prompting lots of angry reactions and some abusive and offensive putdowns of the broadcaster herself.

Media training for locals in Talasea

This is to help them understand the role of media and how it can be used as a platform for communicating their stories and discussing important national issues.

The two-day workshop was held in Kimbe by the Media Development Initiative (MDI), covering basic news writing, setting up and participating in news interviews, social media literacy and understanding the power of media to shape public debate.

Media urged to verify stories

A disappointed Chief of Joint Operations, Colonel Ezekai Wenzel, outlined recent media reports about fighting up in the Western Highlands.

Colonel Wenzel outlined that the number of arrests and even the back story of the reports that were run were all blown of proportion.

He clarified reports of a massive arrest carried out in Laigam village in Tambul Nabilyer, of Western Highlands Province, were all taken out of context.

Media urged to ask hard questions

Vice President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Richard Kassman, said this during the opening of the PNG Resources Sector media workshop on Thursday.

Kassman also called on the media to make reference to the constitution and remind everyone of their basic rights.

Speaking to industry communication specialists and mainstream media representatives, Kassman said the media plays an important role in these trying times, especially in the aftermath of the Mineral Resources Act (MRA) 1992 legislative changes.

PINA to focus on media schools

Nou says he will do this by addressing resource issues at the University level.

He made the comment while speaking as a panellist during a Media Freedom discussion at the University of Papua New Guinea today.

My Nou said there is no point in establishing Journalism school if current Journalism courses at UPNG and Divine Word University are struggling to maintain the current facilities.

Understanding print media

The purpose of the Media Education Seminar was to give students a critical understanding of the media and an ability to enable them to creatively use the media to spread positive stories.

To be good journalists, you have to know the elements of writing articles was the taken home message delivered to the students by Catholic Bishops Conference’s  Secretary for Communication, Fr Ambrose Pereira.

The basics of journalism, including the 5Ws and 1H rule (who, what, when, where, why and how) were taught and examples were used to portray the components of writing news articles.

Com Dev launches media and communication strategy

The Department for Community Development and Religion (DFCDR) will be working closely with media houses to make information accessible to those out in rural PNG.

The department believes media plays an important role in public advocacy and awareness, allows discussions, identifies, evaluates, and makes and breaks mindsets of people.

Today, the department will launch its media and communication strategy.

Constant coverage on LO issues concerns chamber

President of the PNG Chamber of Mines and Petroleum, Gerea Aopi, said this during the recent 2017 Mining and Petroleum Conference in Port Moresby.

Aopi said there were currently very positive signs for the mineral, petroleum and LNG sector.

However, further investment in the sectors is under threat due to landowners’ discontent.

“It will be remiss of me to not echo the concerns around landowner commitments. The wide media coverage can adversely impact PNG’s aspirations for the recognition as an attractive investment destination.

Media must maintain standards: Governor

Speaking to journalists at the annual NCD Governor’s Media Bash, Parkop urged the mainstream media not to compete against what he coined ‘tabloid trash’.

The Governor made the comments when highlighting his views on the negative aspects of social media.

“They are not the same as you all. They are not the same level and quality as you all. You all have seen it in the election, it’s just trashy, tabloid trash.