MICHAEL JOSEPH PASSINGAN | Edited extract
Michael Passingan says he has used personal sources as well as information from the public domain to compile a dossier on Papua New Guinea’s prime minister, ‘A comprehensive analysis of Peter Paire O’Neill - fraudster or leader’. Much of the document is potentially defamatory but we publish here an extract on disturbing developments in PNG’s mass media and civil society. A link to the entire document is included at the end of this extract
THE media play a very important role in shaping public opinion and the political discourse of any country. It is one of the pillars upon which the strength of democracy is measured. All democracies respect media freedom.
Peter O’Neill has considerable control over the content of the two daily papers, the Post-Courier and The National.
In television, as if owning Kundu 2 is not enough, the government, through Telikom, is organising to purchase EMTV.
All adverse news is being either watered down or blotted out before publication across the media spectrum because of pressure from the prime ministerial spin doctors, or because of the corruption of journalists.