Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Media independence at risk

Although the media enjoy a relatively benign legislative environment, their independence is clearly in danger. Journalists are exposed to intimidation, direct threats, censorship, prosecution and bribery attempts. The situation is all the more precarious because the media groups they work for rarely defend them when they are under attack. As a result, self-censorship is on the rise and many media outlets are regarded as Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s mouthpieces. All this was particularly visible during the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in the capital, Port Moresby, in November 2018, when journalists who wanted to raise sensitive issues were censored by their bosses and the government was accused of accommodating the Chinese delegation’s demands for certain journalists to be excluded although they had obtained accreditation for the events concerned. Social networks are meanwhile developing rapidly but the advent of Facebook has led to the creation of many politically-affiliated accounts whose activity consists above all in spreading disinformation and attacking independent journalists. Journalists continue to be prevented from covering the fate of detainees in Australia’s refugee detention centre on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

in the 2019 World Press Freedom Index



53 in 2018

Global score


26.19 in 2018

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2020
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2020
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