SO prime minister Peter O'Neill has called on the “foreign media” to take fresh look at Papua New Guinea in 2017.
He made this appeal after the PNG press reported that there had been “minimal” disturbances over the Christmas-New Year festive period.
Apart from army elements attacking the police, that is, and the usual amount of “opportunistic crime”.
Mr O’Neill noted that this time of harmony was “a change from the problems of decades past.”
Having claimed a new era of peace under his leadership, O’Neill went on to address the main point of his message.
“2017,” he said, “should be a year when foreign media take a fresh look at PNG and move beyond the old stereotypes.
“While some foreign media might like to pick up on isolated incidents, and try to make them seem mainstream, all who live in our communities know that PNG is a county that is changing,” Mr O’Neill said.
“We do not have the problems of past decades and life is constantly improving around the nation.
“There is no doubt that we have so much work ahead to continue to share the benefits of development, but we are moving in the right direction.
“2017 will again be a year of growth and development for Papua New Guinea.
“I invite foreign journalists to be a part of this development, to get out from behind closed doors and to really visit our communities and get to know the people of our diverse nation,” he said.
Well, two-thirds of PNG Attitude’s correspondents live in the cities, towns and villages of PNG – and this is not the story they relate in our columns.
They communicate a narrative of uncontrolled corruption, increasing urban crime, rampant violence against women and girls, budgetary chaos, declining public services, decaying infrastructure and bureaucratic inefficiency.
Someone’s not telling the truth.