Sensitive issues like the ongoing Struggle for Freedom, from the Indonesian rule by West Papuans must be reported with accuracy and care by journalists.
The call was made by Papua New Guinea Defense Force Officer Peter Waiaki who is Commanding the base in Vanimo.
Papua New Guinea is a developing and democratic nation, where the National Constitution gives power to the ‘Freedom of Speech and Expression’.
It allows the media to exercise its rights and roles, in the dissemination of public information. The West Papuan issue has been on spot light, hitting international news headlines.
Waiaki said such serious matters, must be reported with facts, as its puts the civilian’s lives at risk.
While appreciating the media’s role in communication, the information released must be accurate, fair and balance.
He encouraged journalists to confirm their reports with the concerned authorities before releasing them. The failure has resulted on biased stories produced.
Meantime, villagers along the border are still living in fear.Many have ceased their normal daily activities, like gardening and fishing.
The PNGDF soldiers are currently patrolling the border.