Misreporting tainting international reputation
Prime Minister James Marape has raised concerns about misreporting by mainstream and social media outlets.
He said so much misreporting without having all the facts is seeing Papua New Guinea’s international reputation continue to suffer.
PM Marape made the calls following what he said is ‘misreporting’ by the Post Courier newspaper, who quoted an unnamed private sector source, saying that the State negotiation team for the P’Nyang gas deal had requested for a K100 million payment.
Upset, the PM indicated that the Post Courier General Manager and Editor in Chief are to be summoned to explain the misreporting, without having a balanced article.
Mr Marape further stated that under his watch, there will be no special favours and success fees for the role officers are paid to do.
He suggested a review of laws governing the media and social media concerning misreporting.
This is seen as a move to curtain the misreporting which has tainted PNG’s international reputation, particularly also on social media.
The suggested move will look at encouraging factual and responsible reporting.