By Neville Choi – EMTV News
The United Nations, and the Embassy of the United States in PNG and the Solomon Islands, have issued a joint statement, stressing the importance of a free media in the country’s future development.
The statement comes following what both organisations have seen as being instances where the freedom of the media, has come under attack.
They said the free press has the power to transform societies and foster economic growth, and build the confidence of investors.
In Papua New Guinea, they say journalists have shown their determination and professionalism to play their role in nation building by contributing to make democratic institutions stronger and strengthen public engagement.
They said concerns over media censorship in Papua New Guinea are growing, which may dilute reporting and negatively impact the public’s right to information.
The two international organisations say they stand with journalists and media professionals, and condemn any effort to curb media freedom.
They maintain, that for free, diverse and independent media to flourish, any Government should create a conducive atmosphere for journalists to operate freely without fear and favor.