Opposition Concerned about Freedom of Expression

By Mickey Kavera – EM TV News, Port Moresby

The Opposition is concerned with the manner in which freedom of expression continues to be suppressed in Papua New Guinea.

Their concern comes after police banned them from staging a public forum.

They have discussed with the police commissioner, Gari Baki, to find alternative venues to hold the forum.

The Oppositions attempt to host a public forum was banned by the police commissioner today.

In response, Opposition Leader, Don Polye, summoned the police commissioner Gari Baki to his office to clarify the issue.

Polye called on the police not to continue suppressing freedom of expression.

He says, they have come to a mutual understanding on the functions and duties of the police as outlined in the constitution.

The opposition understands the reasons of the ban and will work with the police to coordinate future forums.

The Police Commissioner is concerned that unrest will eventuate should the forum be allowed to take place in public.

He says, there is limited manpower to maintain crowd control and that the forum is best held in a confined venue.

The forum was aimed at informing the public on the policies of the opposition as the alternative government.

Also, to discuss other issues such as the budget and the drought.

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