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29 June 2018

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Good one Francis, for detecting in the call, a glimmer of reflection, as to essence of need.
Good too Francis, for inviting characteristics well exhibited by leaders in earlier times.
Brandishing fences and weaponry weakens platforming, parading and pledging, if faithfulness fails.
Looking into eyes, hearing vocals, speaking truths, joining ideas and hands, founds trusts afresh.
Good vibe Francis.

Phil, at the moment on a Sepik Forum that I belong to, we have the Governor of the province, Allan Bird, producing regular updates on what he is doing and many people are then responding and they are free to make comments and agree or disagree.

He also has a "secretary" who posts on what is going on, with plenty of photos. This happened during the time of the Kadovar eruptions and the movement of the people to Dandan. People have been able to pass their views on all that has happened.

Also the MP for Maprik is regular in telling people what he is up to in the Maprik electorate and people are free to comment.

During the volcanic eruption at Kadovar and again during the massive earthquakes and during the recent riots, Facebook had the news before the other media.

In fact I could see the other media, TV, Reuters, various newspapers,etc were all using Facebook to get up-to-date information.

I found the videos of the eruption and the first massive landslides up in Hela and had them on my Facebook site before they appeared on TV. I collected all the photos of the damage done in SHP and Hela and newspapers were asking if they could have copies.

We live in a different world today. So many of my friends no longer get newspapers. They work away at computers and can get regular updates from the media online or on TV. So I assume the newspapers and the commercial TV have to make their money out of ads.

I think at the moment PNG is "in love" with China. China has been wooing them for many years now e.g. training PNG military advisors, lavishing gifts on many PNG people who have been invited to attend meetings (often APEC) meetings in China and so on.

What China is doing for PNG is very tangible. They look forward to working with China in the future. Pity about the soft loans. But they probably believe that they will not be hard to repay.

Sorry, I got off the topic again, as usual. The important topic that Francis wrote about was the need to get "democracy" working in PNG. The newspapers were biased and the Opposition needs to be allowed to have their say. O'Neill just called Flanagan's article "Fake news".

Francis is right. O'Neill returned to Mendi after the riots for a brief moment and let a few people touch him through a huge fence! Marape has been sounding off from Moresby about what should be happening at the other side of the country.

Allan Bird is back in the East Sepik working with everyone at the grassroots level.

The Post Courier was founded in 1969 Barbara through an amalgamation of the the South Pacific Post, and: New Guinea Times Courier.

The South Pacific Post was a great newspaper and the New Guinea Times wasn't bad either.

Unfortunately the Post Courier is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News Limited so you have to expect highly biased Daily Telegraph type reporting.

PNG couldn't support an independent newspaper like Australia's The Saturday Paper and social media, where spin is king, is at best an unreliable source of news.

Radio and TV in PNG is also highly biased, especially the regional stations.

ABC shortwave was wonderful but we've let the Chinese have that - how dumb was that?

Excellent post Francis.

These forums have been an amazing way to get MPs and the voters to talk and listen to each other.

Sadly the PNG newspapers have not been doing their job.

We are discussing this on a Sepik Facebook Forum at the moment and a Sepik teacher in Morobe just made this comment which I thought was good...

The Post Courier has been around since Independence in 1975. Paias Wingti was Prime Minister several years after Independence when he teamed up with Rimbunan Hijau to start The National.

Both newspapers have nothing good in them anymore. They have, in the last decade become a propaganda vehicles for the government and the rich.

I have stopped buying both newspapers since March 2017. The idea to start a Newspaper Company of the people, by the people and for the people is truly a brilliant one.

Only with such a medium can we, I believe, be able to not only give more freedom of choice for our people, but simultaneously educate our ignorant and vulnerable population as well.

Presently, the government, it's cronies and the rich, control the print media industry and give us what they want us to read, see and believe.

Owing to mass bias reporting, people are led to believe and perceive the world they live in through someone else's point of view. We are not given the freedom that is due to each and every citizen of PNG, to perceive and view the world we live in with our own eyes.

In short, our right to freedom of choice, the fundamental pillar of a Just and Democratic world, has been denied us for a very long time already.

The entire world over is deprived of this Basic Right - the right to freedom of choice.

We are made to believe all the lies and deception from the rich and the powerful. So, bro, if this idea of a people's newspaper comes to fruition, it should give our people and ourselves that freedom to choose and perceive the world through our own eyes.

Facebook has provided the medium to allow dialogue to develop between all members of a province and their elected members. For those that do not have the ability to use Facebook then a People's paper is necessary.

Politicians need courage, wisdom, understanding and humility to settle all the grievances in their own electorate.

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