THE felicitously-named William Dihm, who for the time being occupies the post of Papua New Guinea’s foreign affairs secretary, has chosen to enter the debate about how best journalists should report on heavily armed police shooting defenceless civilians.
Since the good Dihm’s statement was so absurd as to be unbelievable and we feel he is better than that, we have taken this opportunity to assist Mr Dihm by elucidating for readers what he probably intended to say if he could have found the right words.
Dihm - Reports by some international news organisations on Wednesday’s events in Port Moresby involving University of PNG students and police were intentionally reckless.
Interpretation - News organisations are commended for applying their professional skills to reporting how heavily armed police shot indiscriminately into a crowd of unarmed students who were exercising their democratic right to protest.
Dihm - The visa status of the foreign correspondent in Port Moresby will need to be reviewed because of these reports.
Interpretation - I am an important man and can make ugly threats.
Dihm - At times like this, foreign media and foreign governments and organisations have an interest in what is happening in Papua New Guinea.
Interpretation - I have great ability to mansplain.
Dihm - We believe foreign media and some foreign governments have reported on what is happening here from their foreign eyes and from their perspective.
Interpretation - Blurry foreigners don’t have a clue.
Dihm - Regarding the alleged death of students, foreign media and some foreign governments were very quick to report that and not some aspects that the government was trying to do in a challenging time.
Interpretation - Show some empathy, you don’t know how stressful it is for us to shoot innocent people.
Dihm - Some reporting was intentionally reckless.
Interpretation - Most reporting was right on the money.
Dihm - People who reported in such a manner should apologise to the nation and the government.
Interpretation - People like me, who hold high office in a government that condones the shooting of unarmed civilians, should be thoroughly ashamed of ourselves.