Port Moresby, Thursday 8 November 2012

UNDP in partnership with the British High Commission, Transparency International Papua New Guinea, Business Against Corruption Alliance and ABC-NBC Media for Development Initiative would like to congratulate the winners of the 2012 Excellence in Anti-Corruption Reporting Media Awards:

  • Mr. Martyn Namorong, Namorong Report – Overall winner and Citizen/Social media/Online winner
  • Mr. Haiveta Kivia, Post Courier – Print winner
  • Mr. Mickey Kavera, EMTV – Television winner

While there were no entries for the radio category, the judging panel was extremely impressed with the caliber of entries in the other three categories and would like to congratulate all those who entered. The entries were judged on four criteria: local impact, future impact, content and journalistic merit.

“The various entries reported on corruption in the government, logging industry, health system; at the national level and the provincial and local levels. They demanded the truth from those in power, and held power to account. It was a really tough decision,” noted UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative David McLachlan-Karr.

Overall Winner, blogger Martyn Namorong, investigated the hearings of the Commission of Inquiry in Special Purpose Agriculture Business Leases (SPABL) in the East Sepik Province on his blog the Namorong Report, http://namorong.blogspot.com.au/.

“Martyn provided three compelling reports that put the reader at the heart of the story. He revealed corrupt practice at the community level, and raised awareness of the impacts of corruption over an extended period of time. His reports were balanced and demonstrated excellent investigative journalism and research skills,” said McLachlan-Karr.

As Overall Winner, Mr. Namorong will go on a two-week Study Tour to Australia in February 2013. He will meet with leading investigative journalists in Sydney and Melbourne, including the patron of the awards Sean Dorney, and members of civil society organizations committed to exposing corruption. All three winners will receive brand new laptops at an awards ceremony to be held in December.

Background

On 31 October 2003 the United Nations (UN) General Assembly adopted the UN Convention against Corruption which was ratified by the Government of Papua New Guinea in 2007. In 2011 the Government approved a National Anti-Corruption Strategy which is intended to guide the nation’s efforts in these areas for the next 20 years. Corruption negatively impacts Papua New Guinea’s achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and all future work in equitable human development. As such, tackling corruption requires the strong commitment of Government, but it also requires the support of civil society, including the media, to hold the Government accountable for what it does on behalf of its citizens.

The 2012 Excellence in Anti-Corruption Reporting Media Awards support the media’s role as a watchdog by encouraging individual journalists in PNG to use their position in society to report, expose and combat corruption. The awards hope to expose stories that show how corruption negatively impacts on the achievement of the MDGs in PNG and stories that clearly show the impact of corruption at the grassroots and community levels.

If you would like any further information, comment or interview please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Smyth, UN Communications Officer, lisa.smyth@one.un.org, +675 321 2877.

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