No media freedom in PNG, says senior journalist

3:21 pm on 3 May 2018

A senior journalist in Papua New Guinea says there is no media freedom in the country and journalists are often working in fear.

journalism, radio studio

Photo: 123rf

Media freedom advocate Titi Gabi said local media had become a public relations entity for the powers that be.

The United Nations sets 3 May as World Press Freedom Day to raise awareness about the importance of a free media.

Ms Gabi said the day is simply a reminder of the many issues that exist in PNG.

"With interference from outside influence, right up to setting the news agenda to bribing journalists to threats to threats of court action against journalists.

"There is a lot of censorship, there is a lot of control. We no longer enjoy media freedom so today it is really sad times here in PNG."

Get the RNZ app

for ad-free news and current affairs