Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Real but fragile freedom

Papua New Guinea’s media are diverse and dynamic and enjoy a relatively free environment, but journalists are still subject to violence. There have been several cases in 2017 of journalists being the targets of police violence, such as when the police opened fire on students demonstrating peacefully. Prime Minister Peter O'Neill’s government seems to have turned a deaf ear to calls from the media to guarantee their safety. Some officials encourage media self-censorship by directly threatening journalists whose articles criticize them. Although Australia announced that it would close its refugee detention center on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island, the center is still operating. Journalists trying to cover the fate of the center’s detainees were obstructed from doing so in 2016.

in the 2017 World Press Freedom Index



55 in 2016

Global score


25.81 in 2016

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2018
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2018
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