Who is threatening our national security?

By Kumbit Aivi

The recent highly publicised prison walk out and the subsequent recapture of suspected bank robber and notorious criminal William Nanua Kapris and his cohorts has brought to the fore at least two serious issues facing our country. While this walk out continues to pose a temporary physical security issue, the real issues that underlie a threat to our national security are vested in the circumstances surrounding the walk out and the state’s ongoing responses to our law and order challenges.

Kapris has been adamant since his capture and detention that some benefactors of the activities for which he is accused, especially the two daring bank robberies, are high profile people in the community and that these people have since profited from the loot. If his claims are true, then this country is in serious trouble. That there are indeed people of high standing who occupy positions of great trust and responsibility are behind Kapris’ life of crime is indeed a great cause for concern. This is the first real national security issue that needs addressing immediately.

Police and other authorities within our justice system will be well advised to take heed of Kapris’ allegations and do everything within their powers to disprove him. His revelations, if he did disclose anything at all, may well be a case of sour grapes since the law caught up with him and left him high and dry while his passive partners enjoyed the loot in relative peace and security. Whatever his motive is for the attempt to now ‘spill the beans’ on his cohorts, a thorough investigation is required to get to the bottom of his claims.

Certain members of the disciplinary forces are clearly deeply entrenched in this particular case judging by the police uniforms and equipment that were used in the robberies and the unusual lapses in security protocol that lead to the walk out at the Maximum Security Unit at Bomana last month. These must be carefully investigated and the perpetrators brought to face justice together with Kapris. There have also been insinuations about a possible involvement by certain politicians and bureaucrats which must also be investigated and the individuals responsible rounded up and made to face the law. It is in the interest of our long term security and well being that the state must act judiciously and swiftly to properly prosecute this case and set up a good deterrent precedent for the future.

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21 thoughts on “Who is threatening our national security?

  1. Well may Mr Kapris, or is it Kapis, claim to have been acting in conjunction with some high profile figures. The point must surely be, if such a claim was made, to what extent would it benefit Mr Kapris? I can only think of a very good reason why Mr Kapris would want to ‘spill the beans’ on any high level accomplices. He wants to have a record made of his testimony BEFORE anyone tries to get to him and rubs him out.

    The example of Lee Harvey Oswald, the accused killer of US President Kennedy, readily comes to mind. The fact that it took over a year for Jack Ruby, Oswald’s killer, to be brought to trial reeks of conspiracy and corruption at a high level. It doesn’t take much imagination to work out that Kapris was sprung for a reason or that there were powerful and influential backers behind the scenes. It begs the question of why Kapris was sprung if he had nothing to offer anyone?

    The PNG Police Commissioner should indeed be taking a personal interest in the case and ensuring a full and legally water tight testimony is extracted from Kapris before any further information is ‘leaked’ to the public. The question of who leaked the Kapris confession should be the subject of a full investigation along with how Kapris was sprung from a maximum security establishment. Nothing less than a full judicial review should be made and quickly at that. The best evidence is always the freshest.

    One cannot be observe the apparent duplicity of Mr Arthur Somare who has insisted the three high level helpers who assisted Mr Kapris escape must be publically named. Why would this be done before anyone has been charged? It would only help destroy the case against them by the Prosecution. On the other hand, Mr Somare jnr. has been amazingly quiet about getting to the bottom of such other issues as the Motigate affair, the Taiwan millions and any amount of official corruption claims. Why is he so insistent about knowing who the claimed three accomplices are?

    It could be speculated that if there had been a high level deal going, others who had been left out of the action might want to know who was involved? Whether that was to keep them quiet or to get a cut of the loot might also be a matter of conjecture?

  2. By another amazing coincidence, just after the above comment was posted, Mr Somare jnr. changed tack and is reportedly requesting the Speaker of Parliament to obtain the names of those high level people involved in the Kapis escape.

    Presumably, Parliamentary priviledge could then be used as an option if neccessary, to reveal the names, if ‘needed’.

  3. I’m not sure if it is appropriate for Mr Somare to use Parliamentary privileges to force journalists to reveal things. Not a good precedent, is it?

    Somare jnr is a key member of the National Executive Council and he should be pushing at the NEC level to appropriately fund and support the special police operations into this matter to thoroughly investigate and bring all the perpetrators to justice.

    Maybe even think about bringing in independent police officers from AFP with the required skills to assist their PNG counterparts in effectively prosecuting this case. Mr Somare, why are you trying to gag the media?!

    PNG politicians cry foul only when they are being taken to task over an issue and do not give a damn if it is not them. Shame on you!!!!

  4. Em true,
    I fully support your comments. Maybe Arthur is scared because he could know something. Why being so vocal & provocative over a reported news that can be easily verified?

  5. More corruption exposed – but attempted cover up!
    From todays PC…

    Lawyers win stop order on report

    TWO prominent lawyers have taken out a court injunction gagging the media from publishing anything about the final report by the Commission of Inquiry into the Finance Department.
    The order granted by Justice Bernard Sakora at Alotau on Saturday also prevents any implementation of the report’s recommendtions. The report was tabled in Parliament on Friday by the Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare. The order was sought by lawyer Paul Paraka and public servant Zachery Gelu. The injunction was sought by lawyers Paul Paraka, principal of Paul Paraka Lawyers and former Solicitor General Zachery Gelu who are adversely referred to in the final report of the Commission of Inquiry report.
    Paraka Lawyers on behalf of applicants Gelu and Paraka moved the application through Paraka Lawyers branch office in Alotau where the National Court is currently on circuit and in session. The substantive matter has been transferred to the National Court at Waigani where it will be dealt with. The two lawyers allege that in 43 cases reported in the final report, they were “wrongly implicated’’ in two of these cases involving two of their clients in relation to normal legal services they provided for them.
    “The commission’s findings and recommendations are challenged with respect to those two cases,’’ Mr Paraka said for the two applicants.
    They could not comment on the substantive case filed as that deals with contents of the final report which is also covered by the interim injunctions and restraining orders.

  6. And more…

    Papers must name names: Arthur

    By JONATHAN TANNOS

    PARLIAMENT on Friday passed a motion without notice to request both the Post-Courier and The National newspapers to reveal the names of politicians and high ranking officials that have alleged links with high profile escapee William Kapris.
    State Enterprises Minister Arthur Somare successfully sought leave to move the motion following a tirade of blunt criticisms when deploring the papers’ publishing of the issue.
    Mr Somare began his outburst saying that there must be a line drawn between freedom of speech and “downright cheap and gutter journalism.”
    He said the newspapers and reporters had to be made to reveal the names of the politicians and officials involved as the generalisation implicated all MPs and the integrity of the Parliament.
    He said the integrity of Members was being denigrated by the publishing of the alleged links by cheap and gutter journalism because the papers did not name them.
    He said the intention of the papers was not to inform the public because they had cunningly withheld information in a very reckless manner when publishing the issue.
    Mr Somare said the papers should not fear revealing the names as the bare facts “would be defendable.”
    Mr Somare moved that Parliament request the newspapers to reveal the names of the politicians and officials named in police affidavits as a matter of importance.
    The matter will now be considered by the Speaker in which he is expected to inform Parliament of what actions he would take.

  7. the parliament speaker is a clown, he hangs onto the bench with both hands as if trying to give birth and shouts down the opposition. he does not know how important the speaker’s role is, I wonder how he would make sound decisions on such issues, for parliamentary privileges to ask newspapers to name names is so low…common Somare Jnr, stop this nonsense.

  8. …this puppet speaker should be removed….national newspaper today

    A plot to remove Speaker Jeffery Nape came unstuck when Nape himself refused to entertain what appeared to be proper dissent on his ruling before the house.
    The surprise move was sprung by the Opposition yesterday, and it appeared to have the support of many in the government side.
    Mr Nape was shocked when straight after prayer led by Pastor Joseph Walters who was invited in to bless the session, Bulolo MP Sam Basil sought leave of Parliament to move a motion without notice.
    Speaker Nape asked him to explain the nature of his motion which Mr Basil said was to move a vote of no confidence against the Speaker.
    His move was quickly seconded by Lae MP Bart Philemon.
    Realising what was going on, Mr Nape said the Standing Orders of Parliament does not allow vote of no confidence against the Speaker and ruled the motion out of order.
    Goroka MP and government backbench MP Thompson Harokaqveh quickly moved a dissent against the Speakers ruling.
    The three MP’s refused to take their seats arguing that the Standing Orders allowed the motion as there was somebody who seconded the motion.
    New Ireland Governor and former Prime Minister Sir Julius Chan weighed in, saying there was a dissent on the Speakers ruling which needed to be entertained.
    Parliament for the next 10 minutes was in total disarray as the Prime Minister, deputy Prime Minister and Ministers and backbenchers were taken aback and remained silent, mostly stunned by the surprise move to vote on the fate of the Speaker.
    After consulting the Clerk, the Speaker said due process had not been followed and ruled out the motion and moved on to the next business of the day.
    At a media conference later, Mr Basil said making a move on concerns raised over the last few months about the deteriorating state of affairs in Parliament.
    “There are run down facilities, low quality food, air-conditions are not working and toilets are equal to public toilets outside Parliament.”
    He said although Parliament is in this sad state, K300 000 to K400 000 have been spent on cutting down a single tree.
    “The Speaker has the authority to spend and I believe he spent money recklessly.” Mr Basil said.
    “Shame on him, he used his powers to block the motion of no confidence.”
    Mr Basil promised to reintroduce the motion again to allow MP’s to test the confidence in the Speaker.
    “There has been no air-condition for the last 2 years and I will still pursue this motion and asked government backbenchers to let us test the confidence of Parliament in him.”
    Governor Sir Julius said the Speaker does not know about the Standing Orders and he has been ill advised by the Clerk of Parliament.
    “He (Basil) asked leave of Parliament to move a motion and he has been ill-advised. “Standing Orders of Parliament has been breached today.”

  9. Rumour has it that as well as a grand mansion in Morata (I know it seems like a contradiction, but it is tru I have seen it!) Nape has properties in Cairns and a second wife installed there. How can he afford this?

    He consistently abuses the Westminster system of an independent speaker and stifles opposition debate, as he is a tool of the NA. He also seems to have unfortunately lost several million kina allocated to renovating the Haus Tambaran.

    As the yanks say – go figure!

  10. From today’s PC…

    Top cop urged to probe PM

    OC: Further investigation on Moti report

    By PETER SEA

    THE Ombudsman Commission has recommended Police Comm-issioner Gari Baki further investigate Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare under the criminal code.
    Sir Michael is one of 10 people who were recommended for further investigation in the Julian Moti report tabled in Parliament last week.
    The others are Leonard Louma, Acting Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister, Joseph Assaigo then Director General of Office of Security Co-ordination Advisory, Don Polye Minister for Transport, Works and Civil Aviation, Toami Kulunga Deputy Police Commissioner (Administration), Hodges Ette director of Legal Services, RPNGC, Captain Alois Ur Tom (Navy Captain) and PNGDF Chief of Staff, Lieutenant Colonel Chester Berobero – Commanding Officer Air Transport Wing and Colonel Vagi Oala, Joint Forces Commander.
    The referral is one of eight recommendations contained in the final report.
    The findings said “the direction to transport Mr Moti to Solomon Islands came from the Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea Sir Michael Somare, which was facilitated by key government officials”.
    The report said the conduct of all those referred for further investigations including Sir Michael and Mr Polye were wrong.
    Other recommendations of the report are that:
    * The Public Prosecutor’s Office and the Department of Justice and Attorney conduct awareness on the current requirements of the Extradition Act 2005.
    * The Minister for Internal Security discipline Mr Kulunga for acting on an unlawful order or direction from Mr Polye to have Mr Moti released from police custody
    * Police Commissioner discipline Mr Ette under the Police Act for negligence and failure to exercise due diligence and care in the discharge of his duties.
    * Police Commissioner: a) issue circular instruction to all members of the Police Force not to accept instructions from politicians, businessmen or anyone of influence outside the Police Force.
    b) Ensure that all members of the police force undertake adequate training on legal implications and associated implications of accepting unlawful orders.
    * The PNG Defence Comm-ander discipline Captain Alois Ur Tom under the Defence Act for unlawfully facilitating the transportation of Mr Moti to Solomon Islands.
    * The PNGDF Commander: a) issue circular instruction to all members of the force not to accept instructions from politicians, businessmen and anyone of influence outside the Defence Force.
    b) Ensure all members of the Defence Force undertake adequate training on legal and financial implications of accepting unlawful orders.

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    1. Peter,

      Why is Somare is reacting so badly to the tabling of the Moti Report in the
      PNG Parliament? Because not only does it say that he should be investigated, it also says he should be CHARGED. He’s on the hook and wriggling.

      Here is an extract from page 84 of the Moti Report prepared by:

      Chairman and Commissioner Honourable Chief Justice Gibbs Salika, CSM, OBE, Supreme Court Judge, of Papua New Guinea, General (rtd) Anthony Huai, CBE, Deputy Chairman and Commissioner, and Mr Daniel Liosi, Commissioner 13 December 2006 to 16th March 2007.

      “We recommend the following persons be investigated and charged for
      conspiracy: Prime Minister Somare, Chief Secretary Joshua Kalinoe, Chief of Staff Leonard Louma, Director General of OSCA, Joseph Assaigo, Defence Force Chief of Staff and acting Commander, Colonel Tom Ur, Barney Rongap, Colonel Viagi Oala, Joint Operations Commander Chester Berobero, Lt Col. Ron Hosea, Mr Job Kasa, Executive Officer to Mr Kalinoe.”

      It all comes down to who do the people of PNG trust? Their Chief Justice at the time or the current PM?

      Who will be prepared to push for justice for the PNG people when so many times previously, no one has apparently had the ‘guts, gumption or get up and go’ to make it happen? Somare will just try to divert this matter to a committee who will bury it. This illegal and unjust action must not be allowed to fade away now that someone has had the initiative to finally table the Moti Report in Parliament. If nothing is allowed to happen then PNG no longer has a democratic Parliament. Democracy is formally dead and buried.

      Who is prepared to make a stand for justice in today’s PNG? It’s finally
      time to sort out who will defend PNG against those who seek to destroy the very fabric of the PNG nation. But who can the nation rely upon? Political careers could be made and lost at this point.

      If the PNG Parliamentarians and national leaders do not push for proper justice now they could well end up being held accountable by their own people. They might also end up being sorry they didn’t make a stand when their own positions are on the line. Look at what happens to the supporters of a dictator after he assumes complete power. They are usually the first ones to suffer as they are prime targets because they can’t say anything without damning themselves for causing the collapse of representative government and transparent law and order.

      All it takes is to give the house of cards a push and it will collapse from within. But the longer no one does anything, the more embolden the dictator and his backers become.

      “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. Great men are nearly always bad men.” Lord Gort.

  11. Paul,

    I notice that the Government used its overwhelming majority and Parliament “rejected” the OC report yesterday. The only one who spoke out against this was Sir Mek, and he was shouted down by howls of derision.

    In my view Somare (and son Arthur) have never responded well to being criticized and assume that they are above questioning. In an earlier administration he had an Australian reporter deported for publishing evidence that Somare has pulled strings to have a member of his administration avoid prosecution for corruption. When the media started reporting about inks between the NA and logging companies they were labeled “terrorists” in Parliament. NGO’s have been similarly attacked. The original inquiry into the Moti affair from 2 years ago has never been tabled in Parliament and the local media are still gagged from reporting it. You can find it on-line however.

    I don’t think the “lapun papa’s” of PNG have ever accepted the western tradition of free and robust political debate and scrutiny by the media which Australian’s take for granted, and feel that they should be above the law. Thus any criticism is met by outrage and threats. The OC has been in their sights for a while now and the media always has to walk a tight-rope. Needless to say the OC was lucky to survive an assassination attempt a few months ago, and over the years both national newspapers have been subjected to bomb scares and death threats against journalists. I’m not saying Somare was involved in this, but the hero-worshiping cult status he has engendered encourages such things especially given the fiercely tribal context of PNG culture.

    One TV journo who had the guts and skill to go after Government corruption was John Eggins of ex-EMTV fame. He was persuaded to resign and stand for parliament at the last election and lost. Not sure where he is now.

    Two forces which the Somare cult cannot control are the volatile and unpredictable forces of student unrest (which has brought done PNG Governments in the past) if the mangis can get off their backsides and be pointed in the right direction, and the Internet – so a pat on the back for this site.

    Unfortunately attempted threats and “persuasion” are sometimes used against these as well. The 2005 student riots at UPNG were undoubtedly exploited by politicians. One leading member was even spied in a hotel paying off his provinces student group. One of the bravest web sites which exposed Government corruption in the logging industry was “Masalai i Tokaut”. They have not been active since 2007 after organisers and contributors received death threats. They were also labeled “terrorists”!

    Maybe Somare’s time is nearing the end, but he is a cunning old Sepik crocodile God (his words), so it’s hard to tell what will happen. Perhaps without his grip the NA coalition with all it’s byzantine wheels and deals will fall apart and some new-generation political forces will emerge. Powes Parkop seems to have made a good start.

    That’s just my sixpence-worth anyway. Wailo!

  12. PS. I meant to add this quote from Yeats…

    “…Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.”

    1. Hi Peter,

      Good, accurate quote mate. Alas, PNG today is not in a good situation. It will only get worse before it might have a chance of getting better.

      The PNG Parliament in its one sided vote on the Moti Report has now voted themselves into irrelevance, virtually becoming Somare’s proverbial rubber stamp. In an action reminiscent of the outstation clerk (Kuskus) stamping outgoing letters, one can easily imagine the so called ‘Father of the Nation’, mentally ticking off the dismissed issues. Commission of Inquiry, (Kilim wanpela), Moti Report, (‘Kilim tupela’), Taiwan millions, (‘Kilim
      tripela’) , Kapis escape assisted (‘Kilim popela’), Parliamentary democracy,
      (‘Kilim paipela’), etc.

      Somare’s father, presumably a bastion of the law, must have said to a young Somare, “Michael, whatever you start, make sure you finish it!”.

      Pastaim igat wanpla tisa,
      Itok, “Nau mi lukim ples klia,
      Bai mi baim ol lain,
      Na stap longpla taim.”
      Tasol husat igiaman yumi a?

      (Now who said you can’t write a Limmrick in Tokpisin?)

  13. I urge you all to be very careful of what you read, and who to believe in cases like those discussed above. Read multiple sources and try to look beyond the veil of what is reported. Events in PNG are not always put in motion by people in PNG but by external forces. Forces that are constantly trying to undermine and destabilize the PNG government.

    Who is it that would benefit in keeping PNG under their thumb by influencing media and key political figures, causing disarray within the parliament? Who is it that benefits the most from PNGs lack of infrastructure, security, and stability? In any other nation this would sound like ranting of a consiracy theorist. Yet PNG is at a point in its history where it has so much to gain, and everything to lose. Its not so far fetched i think.

    Take education and community development for example. There is a big difference between those in parliament who are trying to improve these things, and those who are trying to control them. Who goes out and implements educational change, and who shouts to the media that it isn’t done right?

    Unfortunately, information is a tool being used to wage war in PNG. Transparency is something that should be sought after in a government, but in its current state, I believe it can work against PNG. Does the average PNG citizen understand transparency in government? Or do external forces take advantage of it? At any rate, the government has a lot of tough times ahead.

    Discussions on these topics are very good and I urge you to have them with your family and friends. PNG citizens need to get involved. Read the papers and the internet, but always question. Who is writing these articles? Who owns the paper I am reading? Does the person on the radio really know what they are talking about? Everyone has an agenda and PNG is full of them.

  14. Joseph – those are wise words, thank you.

    I am just a retired old expat now living in Australia and have no vested interests at all in PNG other than my wife’s family, the many friends that I have there and my hope that their children will have a free, prosperous and enlightened country to grow up in.

    I find it hard to believe that other country’s governments are interested at all in interfering in PNG internal politics. They are too interested in their own problems. However companies that have invested in PNG certainly DO have an interest in interfering, have done so in the past and will no doubt do again. For example who owns The National? Who owns Ramu Nickel, Porgera, Lihir etc.?

    My main concern is the manipulation of Government by an elite inside group or power brokers and political families who have gained great riches at the communities expense by doing deals with these outside companies. Find out how many MP’s and Ministers own properties outside of PNG. Where did they get the money from? Many millions of kina in property investments in northern Queensland are held by PNG MP’s, lawyers, businessmen and their families. Speaker Nape has a house in Cairns and keeps a second wife there. Namah has properties in Samoa, the Somares houses in Cairns and Brisbane, likewise Rex Paki and many others. Pruiatch watches over a bank account in Singapore with millions raked off from logging deals (the NA’s fighting fund for the next election).
    Maldina has investments in NZ gained from when he ripped off Nat Provident.

    My friend the greatest threat to PNG comes from within.

  15. Hi Joseph,

    I agree with Peter. You’re dead right about looking behind what you read and hear. Every media outlet is only voicing someone’s personal opinion.

    The essence of the problem that you talk about is the current state of PNG communications. People must have access to a variety of information sources in order to foster healthy debate and discussion about a particular issue.

    How many PNG people actually have access to the daily newspapers or TV? Not many in the villages, I’ll bet. Public radio stations probably are the way to go in order to quickly disseminate information however who can talk about contentious issues without fear of retribution, should they denounce official corruption and government inaction and mismanagement?

    Are there currently PNG public radio talk back sessions that address the contentious issues that are happening on a daily basis? How could people in rural areas participate except by snail mail? Can one guarantee that those people who talk about potentially contentious topics will be free from potential retribution? Is there any restriction or bias being exhibited by the PNG media?

    I understand from a number of sources in PNG that there is now a common feeling that if you speak out about the current government failings, you can expect direct retribution. If PNG people feel intimidated in freely and publically discussing these issues, then there is now no longer freedom of the press and free speech in PNG.

    Once free speech is in some way restricted, it is the end of responsible and accountable government. This seems to be what the current PNG government is completely comfortable with. This then begs the question: WHY?

    Very interested to hear your views and anyone else’s on this matter.

    1. Glad to hear your replies Peter and Paul. Don’t get me wrong though. I am a huge advocate of free speech and believe it is everyones given right world wide.

      PNG does need more outlets for media access to foster better discussion and understanding. And it is developing albeit at a slow pace. http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=100196 John Eggins is even featured here. Now would John be supporting a Somare project like Kundu 2 if he thought Somare was corrupt?

      I would hate to hear of instances where the speech of PNG citizens is restricted by the Government. Free speech and free press are essential, but from things I have read in PNG media, some of it borders libel and slander. Should something be printed if it lacks any substantial evidence? I don’t know what it is about a lot of PNG media, but much of it is just saturated in negativity. I can’t help but think there is something driving it from the outside.

      Such is the speculation in the Kapris case. The fact that “high level officials” could be named, but have not remains very damaging to the integrity of the entire parliament. Should that kind of speculation be allowed to continue? If the facts are there then let it be out. Why continue to cast a negative shadow over something yet unknown.

  16. Joseph,

    it would be a very convenient argument to infer that an external conspiracy were to be the cause of PNG’s current political impasse. It would be difficult to blame external influences for poor government health services, education, public works and any amount of PNG’s reported internal responsibilities constantly reported in the PNG media.

    Responsibility for poor or non existent government services must rest with the responsible government. The regrettable position is that the head of the PNG government and his team will not accept responsibility for their actions and have effectively set the country on an undemocratic path with their treatment of the PNG Constitution and Parliament. That being so, the next step is to rule without Parliament, a course that seems inevitable if the PNG PM continues to govern without allowing the Constitutional and legal system of his country to operate properly.

    To function as a head of state without following the Constitution and the law is tantamount to dictatorship. Those that turn their back on history are doomed to repeat it.

    “Dealing with a dictatorship is like dealing with a snake. If you tread on its tail, it will bite you. You must deal with its head.” a quote from ‘The Second World War’ TV series where a German woman was explaining about her first hand experience with the German dictatorship during World War 2.

    and…speaking about the advent of the German dictatorship in the 20th Century, the initial steps were to gradually weaken the powers of Parliament and then to abolish it and the checks and balances altogether. Any opposition was then effectively eliminated and silenced.

    At every point throughout the build up of the German dictatorship, all it would have taken is for Germany’s neighbours to have demanded a stop to the process yet no one who had a voice made any statement of dissent. Public comment was suppressed to the point that people came to believe what they were told by the government controlled and intimidated or state controlled media.

    I’m not suggesting that PNG and her PM is quite at this stage yet but unless the law is allowed to take its course, this is where it leads to. Remember that we can only see how things are from our perspective. You may quite possibly see things differently. All I could suggest is that from this ‘lapun’s’ perspective, the PNG government is on the wrong road. Should I be proven wrong in the future I shall be very happy to say so. Remember however, you don’t have to go too far from PNG to find a military dictatorship so it can and does happen very easily. Forewarned is forearmed.

  17. By the way – if you have a broadband internet connection and use Firefox you can get a great free add-on called AU-radio toolbar. This lists thousands of radio stations that stream their broadcasts over the internet. You can choose whatever you want, listen to them and add more.

    Unfortunately I haven’t found any PNG stations that stream. However you can listen to Radio Australia Tok Pisin service and many many others.

    It also lists the latest news stories from hundreds of sources as well as streaming TV stations and on-line games.

    Try it – it’s great, free and safe! You can download it here –

    http://auradiotoolbar.ourtoolbar.com/?regular=true

  18. PBG Media Council stands up to Government criticisms

    ‘Do not use your privileges to attack the media’

    The PNG Media Council has raised concerns about Members of Parliament using parliamentary privileges to attack the media.
    PNGMC president Joe Kanekane said the council felt it was an abuse of privileges for an MP to attack the media in Parliament, and to try to force journalists to compromise the investigations being carried out by police into a very serious crime.
    “The Jan 12 escape from Bomana by high-profile prisoners had attracted a lot of public interest. The public is following this closely through the media.
    “In the course of their investigations, certain information was volunteered to the media by police.
    “The media has published some of this information, careful not to make public names that might have been volunteered,” he said.
    “It is not the job of the media to name names in the middle of a police investigation. It is wrong for anyone to demand such information publicly.
    “It becomes a direct attack on the media when one uses parliamentary privileges to try to extract this information.
    “This attack on the media is unwarranted and must be condemned,” he said.
    Mr Kanekane urged MPs to make increasing use of the newly-established Independent Standards Media Committee to deliberate on some of the grievances.
    “The council has always called for increased dialogue with the Government, especially freeing up of public information.”

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