Papua New Guinea

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Papua New Guinea (PNG) hosted the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit in Port Moresby in November 2018. Journalist Scott Waide was suspended briefly from his job at the state broadcaster for his reporting of the conference. Similarly, Chinese authorities blocked local and international media from covering some events around the meeting. In January 2019, soldiers held a protest over unpaid APEC allowances. In February 2019, two refugees on Manus Island received awards. Read more

State briefly suspends PNG journalist after critical reporting at APEC summit

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting

Ahead of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) regional economic forum in Papua New Guinea in November 2018 concerns are being raised by citizens and civil society around the cost of hosting the meeting, allegations of corruption and how much it will benefit the people. Read more

Protests around corruption and censorship of eviction film ahead of APEC regional meeting

Refugee protests against companies providing services on Manus

A refugee on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island mounted a protest against four companies providing services to refugees. In May 2018, the Post-Courier news outlet reported comments by Communications Minister Sam Basil about the possible imposition of a month-long ban on Facebook Read more

Refugee protests against companies providing services on Manus

PNG journalist: "We no longer enjoy media freedom".

Journalist say there are living in fear in PNG and are also subjected to violence. Refugees are using social media to report on abuses in the camps on Manus Read more

PNG journalist: "We no longer enjoy media freedom".

Media watchdogs condemn attack on journalist in Morobe

A journalist was assaulted by staff from the Office of the Governor of Morobe Province in February. Read more

Media watchdogs condemn attack on journalist in Morobe

Journalistic reporting in PNG remains a "real challenge"

Journalist in PNG reported as a challenged covering the news in the country Read more

Journalistic reporting in PNG remains a "real challenge"

Freedom of expression undermined during general elections

Freedom of expression violations were documented during the country elections Read more

 Freedom of expression undermined during general elections

Media Council concerned over harassment of media ahead of June elections

Impunity prevails regarding the shooting against a student protest last year and attacks against the press are increasing during the election period. Read more

Media Council concerned over harassment of media ahead of June elections

Court denies request to censor documentary on Papua New Guinea

An Australian court denies a claim for an injunction by a Papua New Guinea politician against her appearance in a documentary depicting the demolition of a community in Port Moresby.
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Court denies request to censor documentary on Papua New Guinea

Expression

Freedom of speech is guaranteed under Section 46 of the constitution. However, journalists are often subject to harassment and attacks for their reporting and some are directly threatened by officials forcing them to self-censor. Read more