SOCIAL media and political activists Noel Anjo Kolao and Sonja Barry Ramoi have instructed Port Moresby lawyer Tony Christie Waisi (pictured) to defend them in defamation proceedings filed against them in the PNG National Court by prime minister Peter O’Neill.
Interim orders have been obtained by Mr O’Neill’s lawyer, Tiffany Twivey, restraining Mr Anjo and Mrs Ramoi from publishing defamatory imputations against the prime minister in mainstream media and social media pending the hearing and determination of the proceedings on Thursday.
Mr Anjo, who is facing 10 charges, said he welcomed the case and will “be proud to stand before the Court on 24 April."
Mrs Ramoi, an administrator of PNG News - claimed to be PNG’s largest social media forum with more than 72,000 members - is facing four charges.
“[This] will be an important benchmark case particularly concerning political liberty, media freedom and freedom of expression by all Papua New Guineans,” said Mrs Ramoi.
Mrs Ramoi has also instructed Mr Waisi to proceed against Ms Twivey for defamation and to apply to have her disqualified from representing the prime minister in this week's case.