Media to be regulated

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said defamation laws will be strenthened soon to protect citizens and lLeadersrsquo; reputations.

Mr. O’Neill made this statement during question time in parliament house yesterday.

Moresby North East MP Labi Amaiu said media had tarnished his reputation over allegations of him running a club house atthe Lloyd Robson oval in Port Moresby when he was chairman.

Mr. Amaiu said media had tarnished his reputation as a leader andthe member representingthe people of Moresby North East in parliament.

He said a daily had alleged that Mr. Amaiu operated a club house while he was chairman of Port Moresby Rugby League prior to becoming an MP.

He describedthe report as biased and unethical. He askedthe Prime Minister if media can be regulated inthe country.

Prime Minister Peter O’Neill said he sympathizes withthe MP.

He said media plays a noble role inthe development ofthe country and such reports must be thoroughly researched before publishing.

The Prime Ministersaidthese laws should be strenthened soon.

He said media organizations and individuals found publishing reports without facts will be held accountable by law.

– Bernadette Efi

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