Changes needed to PNG Media codes of ethics

6:35 am on 18 July 2016

The president of Papua New Guinea's media council said there was a need for the country's media ethics codes to be revised.

Alex Rheeney said local media was under fire recently over its coverage of recent police shootings of students at the University of Papua New Guinea.

Mr Rheeney, who is also the editor of the Post Courier newspaper, said there have been many changes in the industry over the years including the rise of social media.

He said the current code of ethics which was implemented nearly 30 years ago needs to be changed.

"Social media has funnily become a movement in Papua New Guinea."

"How do we work within the code of ethics and apply - how can journalists in Papua New Guinea apply that to their profession today. You know, we need to have a code of ethics that actually reflects those changes," he said.