PNG media outlet under fire after death of journalist

10:42 am on 26 October 2017

A Papua New Guinea newspaper's duty of care to its employees is being called into question after the death of one of its journalists.

Roslyn Albaniel

Priscilla Maigu Photo: Supplied/ Melvin Levongo

The Post Courier business reporter Rosalyn Albaniel died on Sunday.

Our correspondent in Port Moresby Melvin Levongo said Ms Albaniel lived with her husband in the Post Courier's flats neighbouring other journalists.

He said it was known Ms Albaniel suffered domestic abuse yet none of her colleagues intervened on her behalf.

Mr Levongo said said it was only after severe bruising on her body was discovered during burial preparations that the police were contacted.

A former colleague, Priscilla Maigu said Ms Albaniel complained of body aches and bruises a week before her death.

"She confided in me and left most of the valuable information with regards to her injuries and violence, continuous violence against her life. This thing must not go hidden and be buried with her."

The police homicide division is now involved and the coroner has scheduled an autopsy to determine the cause of death.