REPORT: PNG MEDIA SCARCE IN PROVINCES

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post Courier, April 14) – Papua New Guinea’s standards of investigative journalism are not high enough, a media survey revealed yesterday.

The findings are part of the State of Media Report released yesterday by the AusAID-funded Media Development Initiative and the PNG Media Council.

Involving a total of 3600 respondents from two provinces in each of the country’s four regions, the survey results showed the public was not satisfied with the quality of investigative stories being done by PNG journalists.

There was also concern stories run by local news organisations were focused on Port Moresby and not the provinces, compelling recommendations for more PNG-relevant programs and stories be aired and published.

"On the other hand, a clear majority feel that the standards of investigative journalism are not high enough (62 per cent agreeing to 18 per cent disagreeing). All of the propositions in the relevance category produced emphatic results; a high proportion of respondents (73 per cent of both genders, with only 15 per cent disagreeing) think the PNG media has an excessive Port Moresby focus. Media outreach produced similar figures; a high proportion of respondents (76 per cent of both genders, with only 14 per cent disagreeing) feel they have never seen the media in their area. The need for more PNG-relevant programs and programming received the strongest support of all the propositions (82 per cent) and the lowest level of disagreement (6 per cent)," said Divine Word University’s Br Michael McManus, a technical adviser for the survey.

An analysis of 1260 stories published by media organisations revealed 31 per cent of the sources reporters quoted worked with the National Government, confirming concerns by Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare some time ago the leaking of confidential government information to the media was becoming too frequent.

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