Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG)

PINA condemns journo’s alleged attack

The Post-Courier reporter was reportedly attacked last Friday (16 February).

Incidences of unprovoked attacks, intimidation, threats, verbal abuse and arrest of media workers in Papua New Guinea and the Pacific are on the rise.

Released: Revised code of ethics for media industry

The General Code of Ethics for the news media was reviewed and updated by the Australian Press Council in October last year after the MCPNG approached and asked for their assistance, due to the growth of the PNG media industry and the arrival of social media and online news services.

The MCPNG board met and agreed to give the revised edition of the code its stamp of approval in December last year and distribute it to all media personnel on the eve of Papua New Guinea’s 2017 general election. 

Newsrooms urged to improve content

“Is your content empowering or disempowering Papua New Guineans?” asked Council president Alexander Rheeney.

“If your content is not empowering Papua New Guineans then sorry, you have no business in the media industry.”

Speaking during the recent Yumi-Olgeta media get-together, Rheeney highlighted the disappointing, continuous drop in media standards in the country.

“Individual media organisations need to address the situation in their own newsrooms because at the end of the day, your content is disempowering Papua New Guineans.”

​Officials interfering with newsrooms

This has compelled journalists and news editors to self-censor news and consequently deny Papua New Guinean readers and viewers access to factual, balanced, impartial and objective reporting.  

Council president Alexander Rheeney said: “Last year had its challenges for media industry personnel and the first four months of this year appear to be no different to 2016, with news organisations alerting the MCPNG to two incidents of interference by those in authority.