PNG GOVERNOR GENERAL CALLS ON PRESS TO BE FAIR

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Corruption is a problem, but press must be responsible

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, June 10, 2008) - The Governor General Sir Paulias Matane has reiterated calls to the media to be responsible in their reporting.

Sir Paulias, who traveled to Madang last Friday to officiate at the opening of the Madang Festival, said while corruption was rife in the country, it was only being committed by a small percentage of people.

He said there were still a lot of good people in the country doing a lot of positive things but these things were going unreported.

He appealed to the media to exercise some balance in the reports they published or broadcasted.

"…corruption is a big problem in the country but it is being done by a small group of people. The media always want to write about the bad things but not on the good things that are happening in our country," he said.

"There are a lot of positive things happening in our country, but it seems the media is not interested," he said.

Meanwhile, Sir Paulias commended Madang Governor Sir Arnold Amet and the chairman of the provincial events council Bill Kramer for reviving the festival.

He said the efforts should be commended as this would not only help to ground the children of Madang and reduce the level of law and order but also help to boost the province’s tourism industry.

The Madang Festival, which was staged over the Queen’s birthday, drew a huge turnout.

The opening was marked with a march led by the Seventh Day Adventist Church Pathfinders, had a flag raising ceremony, singing of the national anthem and citing of the pledge in the Bel tokples which was led by school children from Krangket Island, speeches, drama marking World Environment Day, a ribbon cutting ceremony by Sir Paulias and Sir Arnold and presentation of gifts to the two leaders.

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