JournalismPakistan.com July 07, 2012
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its partner the Pacific Freedom Forum (PFF) in condemning the threats and intimidation directed towards newsroom staff at the East Sepik office of Papua New Guinea’s National Broadcaster, NBC.
According to a PFF report, on Wednesday July 4, NBC staff were confronted by an angry mob led by East Sepik Governor and Member for Yangoru/Saussia, Peter Wararau Waranaka.
The Governor, his driver and a group of supporters converged on the NBC East Sepik broadcast compound, where they singled out, abused and threatened radio journalist Greogry Pegines, station manager Anna Klawe and other news journalists.
The incident came a day after Pegines filed a report about a petition that had been signed by 12 candidates in the East Sepik province, listing allegations of fiscal and official abuse of position.
Pegines says he had been invited to meet with the governor since the incident, but was again verbally abused.
“Intimidation and threats against journalists are incompatible with democracy and a free press”, IFJ Asia-Pacific said.
“We urge anyone with a grievance against the media to raise their concerns in a productive non-violent manner. Good quality journalism is not achieved by threatening the safety of those delivering the news”. - IFJ
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