Papua New Guinea-Overview

Civic space is increasing being restricted in Papua New Guinea. Media freedom continues to deteriorate with journalists subject to harassment and attacks for their reporting and some are directly threatened by officials forcing them to self-censor. The media also faced restrictions and physical assaults while covering the 2017 elections and the Australia-run refugee detention center on Manus Island. 

Legislation governing the right to peaceful assembly does not comply with international standards, and police sometimes ban protests or use excessive force to disperse peaceful demonstrations. There has also been a lack of accountability for police violence against student protesters in 2016. There are no formal restrictions on the constitutionally-protected right to freedom of association, and civil society organisations can form and operate freely in the country. However, activists have faced threats and arrest.