Media challenged to expose corruption

The media has been challenged to expose corruption in their reporting as it has critical role in development.

And the “Excellence in Anti-Corruption Reporting Media Award is aimed at encouraging journalists to do just that.

The awards for 2012 were launched today.

In its second year running, the excellence in anti-corruption reporting media award encourages journalists in the country to use their position to report, expose and combat corruption.

Media’s role of a watchdog is critical in encouraging development and holding Government accountable of their actions.

UNDP Rep and UN resident coordinator David McLachlan Karr says, journalist must expose corruption and promote transparency.

Corruption he says has negative impacts on the achievement of MDG’s in the country and it is vital journalist write stories that inform the people of its consequences.

Papua New Guinea he says enjoys wider media freedom, unlike other countries and this must be utilized well if corruption is to be stopped.

The anti-corruption reporting award is part of UN’s strategy in combating corruption and Mr. McLachlan Karr believes it will be a driving force among individual journalists to report, expose and combat corruption.

It is anticipated this year’s awards will generate a lot of entries and Project Manager Michelle Hau’ofa encourages journalist out there to submit their entries.

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