15 Jan 2010

PNG media worried over threats after mass jail breakout

6:11 pm on 15 January 2010

The Media Council of Papua New Guinea is worried about threats to the staff of broadcaster PNG FM for breaking a story about the escape of William Kapris from Bomana prison this week.

Kapris, who is PNG's most wanted criminal, fled with 11 others.

The council president, Joe Kanekane, says an anonymous person phoned the radio station and threatened staff.

He says the media council is working with the Police Department to improve safety and collaboration while the notorious criminal is still at large.

"I was just speaking to the director of police media, Superintendent Dominic Kakas, and he said 'look we're all in this together, the media, the police and the corrections department are all in this together. And he wants us to do it but to do it more effectively, rather than people ringing up the radio stations and various news organisations supplying snippets of information which are often hard to verify. He's also asked us to advise our members to exercise caution."

President of Papua New Guinea's Media Council, Joe Kanekane.