12 Aug 2014

PNG radio DJ charged for police comments

7:41 am on 12 August 2014

Papua New Guinea police have arrested and charged a Port Moresby-based radio announcer for his broadcast comments about the police.

PNG Loop reports that the 30 year-old broadcaster from the Western Highlands is aleged to have conveyed misleading information about the joint Australian Federal Police and Royal PNG Constabulary police operations.

NCD Metropolitan police commander Andy Bawa says that the announcer also made a joke on air about how motorists can bribe police with betelnut and soft drinks.

Mr Bawa says that media personalities should refrain from making unsubstantiated comments or jokes that could be detrimental to regional and national operations.

He says he plans on getting in touch with media outlets to advise them to be more strict about their on air content in order to avoid such incidents.