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 were several cases in 2017 of journalists being the targets of police violence when the police opened fire on students demonstrating peacefully. Some officials encourage media self-censorship by directly threatening journalists whose articles criticize them. The authorities repeatedly prevented the media and citizen-journalists from freely covering the elections in June and July 2017, which resulted in the controversial Peter O’Neill’s reelection as prime minister. During his first term, his government turned a deaf ear to calls from the media to guarantee their safety. Journalists continued to be prevented from covering the fate of detainees in Australia’s refugee detention center on Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island.

in the 2018 World Press Freedom Index



51 in 2017

Global score


25.07 in 2017

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    citizens journalists killed in 2019
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2019
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