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Papua New Guinea


-  Surface area: 461,691 sq. km.
-  Population: 4,809,000
-  Languages: Melanesian pidgin, English
-  Type of State: unitary
-  Head of State (nominal): Queen Elizabeth II
-  Head of Government: Sir Mekere Morauta

Papua New Guinea annual report 2002

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.



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see also
Introduction
Annual report 2002

Hard times for press freedom
Africa annual report 2002
Americas annual report 2002
Europe annual report 2002
Maghreb / Middle-East annual report 2002