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LONDON (Commonwealth Press Union, June 23) - Oseah Philemon, editor of Papua New Guinea's Post-Courier newspaper in Port Moresby, has been awarded an OBE [Officer of the Order of the British Empire] for services to the media, given in conjunction with Queen Elizabeth's Birthday celebrations in PNG.

Widely regarded by his colleagues across the British Commonwealth as a crusading editor, Philemon has pinpointed and raised public awareness of issues like gun violence, political and corporate corruption, women's rights and HIV/AIDS in PNG.

During his 14-year career as the Post-Courier's editor, he has faced innumerable challenges, each time responding with fervour to overcome any obstacle.

He has overseen the closing and re-opening of several bureaus outside of Port Moresby due to threats of violence against staff in 2003 and 2004.

He has been carjacked at gunpoint - twice - and has had to change his home telephone number regularly because of threats against him.

June 24, 2005

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