ORO Governor Gary Juffa has blamed Papua New Guinean media organisations for not being impartial in their work and deliberately avoiding reporting on sensitive issues affecting the country.
Mr Juffa said, of all the journalists who are currently reporters, less than five would be reliably doing the right thing.
He said a greater majority of reporters appear to be on the take of some government or corporate entity.
“Where are the in-depth stories into matters of concern to the public such as the Sustainable Agriculture Business Leases (SABLs), the Pacific Maritime Industrial Zone (PMIZ) scam, the sea bed mining saga, the numerous inquiries that went nowhere and the inflated contracts that go to dubious companies?” Mr Juffa asked.
“Where are the atrocities in West Papua and other major stories that should be brought to the attention of our people?
“Where is the fairness and fearlessness of the media that we once appreciated?
“Where are the incisive questions demanding answers on behalf of our people?”
Mr Juffa said most journalists were on various government paid trips throughout the country or overseas and singing praises of what was essentially the sale of PNG.
Governor Juffa quoted a statement by American freedom fighter Malcolm X who said: “If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed, and loving the people who are doing the oppressing.”
He said if journalists continue to fail their prime responsibility in reporting the truth on sensitive matters affecting the country and the state of its economy, they could lead the public to believe the same.