MCPNG - 'The Voice of PNG Media'

International World Press Freedom Day 2022 - 'Journalism Under Digital Siege'

Inaugural PNG Media Freedom Day Breakfast - May 3rd, 2022

Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Lady Winifred Kamit answering a question on newsroom independence vs corporate responsibility (Pic: CAD43 Ltd)
Lady Winifred Kamit answering a question on newsroom independence vs corporate responsibility (Pic: CAD43 Ltd)

'Newsrooms must be free from management and corporate influence'- Kamit

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

THERE is a clear line of separation between the newsroom as an independent space, and corporate management and the board of directors of the organization it reports for.

This was explained clearly by prominent woman lawyer, Lady Winifred Kamit at the inaugural PNG Media Freedom Day Breakfast held at the Gateway Hotel to commemorate World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, May 3rd.

"Transparency International PNG, is very much committed to seeing a professional, capable and independent media industry." - TIPNG Chairman Peter Aitsi (Pic: TIPNG)
"Transparency International PNG, is very much committed to seeing a professional, capable and independent media industry." - TIPNG Chairman Peter Aitsi (Pic: TIPNG)
Media Freedom Day Panel - MCPNG President Neville Choi, Lady Winifred Kamit, Fr. Jan Czuba and Scott Waide (Pic: AMatbob)
Media Freedom Day Panel - MCPNG President Neville Choi, Lady Winifred Kamit, Fr. Jan Czuba and Scott Waide (Pic: AMatbob)

Defending the 'Fourth Estate' in PNG, an ongoing challenge

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

DEFENDING the 'Fourth Estate' as a crucial aspect of a progressive and thriving democracy continues to be an ongoing challenge for media in Papua New Guinea, a perspective repeatedly highlighted in events recognizing World Press Freedom Day on Tuesday, May 3rd.

This year's theme: 'Journalism Under Digital Siege', was echoed throughout several commemorative events staged to mark the day.

At the inaugural Media Freedom Day Breakfast held at Gateway Hotel in Port Moresby, members of the media fraternity, past and present, gathered to celebrate media freedom, remember fallen comrades, and to take stock of where the PNG Media is today.

Organized by a motivated group of Graduates of Divine Word University's Journalism School under the name CAD43 Limited, the breakfast featured as guest speakers, Transparency International PNG Chairman, Peter Aitsi, and Veteren Journalist and Founder and CEO of Lekmak, Scott Waide, and a discussion panel featuring Media Council of PNG President, Neville Choi, Prominent Woman Lawyer Lady Winifred Kamit, and former DWU President and Secretary for the Department of Higher Education, Research, Science and Technology, Fr. Jan Czuba.


Journalists in the workshop at Holiday Inn, Port Moresby (Pic: BKora)
Journalists in the workshop at Holiday Inn, Port Moresby (Pic: BKora)

Journalists update skills on anti-corruption & election reporting

Saturday, April 30th, 2022

THREE days out from World Press Freedom Day, and just under two weeks from the issuing of writs for the 2022 National General Elections, twenty (20) journalists comprising provincial-based media correspondents, sat for a full day of training, facilitated by the Media Council of Papua New Guinea, in partnership with UNDP-PNG, and funded by the European Union.

Welcome to the Media Council of 

Papua New Guinea

The Council strives to maintain professional standards in the media industry, deal with and respond to complaints on conduct, make representations on behalf of the industry, and publish reports on its work. 


"The council was formed in 1994 to: 

  • Address moves by the then government to introduce legislation to control the media; 
  • Create awareness amongst the public on the importance of a free press; 
  • Encourage training;  and 
  • Establish a Complaints Tribunal" 

(Anna Solomon, Word Publishing General Manager and Group Editor in Chief, 1999)


OUR PARTNERS:

Media Development Initiative (Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade), United Nations & European Union Delegation, National Broadcasting Corporation, Lamana Hotel Ltd, National Press Club of Australia, Australian Press Council, PNG Investment Promotion Authority, Office of Censorship, Pacific Islands News Association (PINA) and the Timor-Leste Press Council.   

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