No basis in attempt to discredit National

Letters, Normal

The National, Monday 07th November 2011

IT was a remiss of the prime mi­nister to suggest that The National has been biased in its reporting on the Supreme Court reference which could see his government ousted.
And it was shameful of the Post-Courier to try and hoodwink its readers into believing that the prime minister had issued a press release on the matter.
The newspaper has done further damage to its already low credibility ­– and low circulation.
Shame too for the newspaper to run the story on page one, which was an obvious attempt to discredit The National, now the country’s leading newspaper.
All I can say to the Post-Cou­rier is that its monopoly days are over.
It must improve and become a better and credible paper, or it will become history.
While I am no journalist, I can appreciate the points that The National’s editorial made, that you cannot report everything that occurs in court.
That is common sense and the press aides in the prime minister’s office should know that.
As a party to the court refe­rence, the prime minister is ob­viously emotionally involved.
Any comment, statement or report which does not reflect well on his position would, of course, not be well received.
The same can also be said of the other party who could also complain that a newspaper is biased when it does not like its reporting.
I have been following the case closely and I believe many Papua New Guineans have been doing the same.
After all, we are talking about the legitimacy of the current government.
Not only that, it also brings into question whether the current go­vernment respects our country’s Constitution in the manner it ousted the National Alliance-led go­vernment.
For now, I would urge both sides to allow our Supreme Court to hear the matter out and make its decision.

F. Kapi
Port Moresby