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16 November 2018


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Martin Auld

'Please can someone find out why international journalists are accommodated in one of the luxury ships....'

Because that's what they want Daniel. You seem to have the wrong idea about 'international journalists'. They are not activist campaigners.

In general, they prefer the company of their own kind, ie, the political class. They, not you, define what news is. They like comfort. They prefer press releases to investigation in the field. The sooner you understand this the quicker you can use it to mutual advantage.

Martin has a very jaundiced and largely misdirected view of these journalists. Furthermore, they did not 'want' to stay aboard ship. This is where most of them have had to stay because of a shortage of accommodation in Moresby - KJ

Harry Topham

I hope no over enthusiastic locals don't let their curiosity over take them and take their lakatois out for a stickybeak at this floating palace.

They might get a very big unpleasant surprise when the over border security guys intercept the plebs. Just a thought?

Daniel Kumbon

I have read so many social media outlets today holed up here in Wabag and seems as if most people are against the USA and Australia. Here is what I wrote in response to some of those comments…….

It seems to me that many people in PNG are too emotional and blind to see beyond the horizon.

They do not seem to have read history, understand international politics or question why the sudden Chinese generosity and influence in Pacific island nations.

I cannot understand why people seem quick to write off Australia and the USA – who are strong defenders of democratic freedom everywhere?.

Should people blame Australia and the USA for PNG’s economic woes?
Just where is this resource rich country being led to?

What thoughts will go through the minds of western or pro-western APEC member countries when they see all these Chinese decorations and fanfare in the city?

The decorations in Port Moresby right now are decorations only, meaningless to the rural masses where people die every day for lack
of basic medicines.

That six lane boulevard is a street to nowhere but into the big hole in Waigani. Vendors will be lining this street soon with buai, loose cigarettes etc to make ends meet in the city.

Please can someone find out why international journalists are accommodated in one of the luxury ships anchored off-shore?

Martin Auld

Floating hotel worked well in Timor, and a good place to kick back after a hard day's work bugging government offices. I imagine the Pacific Jewel will be one of the few places in town not heavily fogged for mosquitoes.

Journalists are mostly tame and don't move far from the suits they hang out with, so long as they've got a floating business center to rewrite press releases.

If O'Neill is as fiendishly clever as most contributors here believe him to be, he'll have trained a cadre of local stringers and fixers, preferably of the long-haired interpreter variety and happy to hang around for floating disco after sundowners.

If they're not fussed when the star-studded international media refuse to credit them with a joint byline after doing all the legwork and research, so much the better.

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