27 Oct 2015

Commentator says more PNG clamps on public expression

3:20 pm on 27 October 2015

A political commentator in Papua New Guinea says a clamp on protest yesterday in Port Moresby is another sign of an increasingly repressive government.

On Monday police stopped a planned protest against the Government at Unagi Oval, with the Post Courier reporting some protestors were hurt in scuffles with police.

The protestors had planned to march on Parliament to raise their concerns about the actions of the Government, ahead of Opposition plans for a vote of no confidence.

One protestor, commentator and blogger Martyn Namorong, says coupled with measures like the new restrictions on social media, the failure to allow a legitimate protest is another clamp on public expression.

"It is really part of a concerted effort by a Fascist government to clamp down on all forms of public expression, including legitimate gatherings of people to express themselves - whether off-line or on-line."