Foreign news agencies wrong

The National,Friday June 10th, 2016

THE Government had termed as “intentionally reckless” reports by  international news organisations on Wednesday’s events in Port Moresby involving University of PNG students and police.
Foreign Affairs secretary William Dihm said the visa status of the foreign correspondent in Port Moresby would need to be reviewed because of it.
Dihm said: “At times like this, foreign media and foreign governments and organisations have an interest in what is happening in Papua New Guinea.
“Foreign media and some foreign governments we believe have reported on what is happening here from their foreign eyes and from their perspective.
“For instance, the death of students – they were very quick to report that and not some aspects that the Government was trying to do in a challenging time.
“Some of this reporting were intentionally reckless.”
He said people who had reported in such a manner should apologise to the nation and the Government “or perhaps their visa status in this country may need to be looked at again”.
Chief Secretary Isaac Lupari said different stories on the incident had gone viral on social media.
He urged the media to be responsible and their reports have to be based on facts.
Lupari said the negative reporting even caused a commercial flight from Australia to turn back on Wednesday.
“One of the international media in the country has broadcast live internationally students being shot dead by police. This was not true,” he said.
“People were injured but no deaths. It damages the image and credibility of the country.”