By GABRIEL LAHOC
MEDIA organisations in Lae have been praised by Lae police for improved reporting on law and order in Lae and Morobe province.
Lae metropolitan commander Supt Nema Mondiai, who holds media conferences with reporters three times a week, commended the Lae media for what he termed as “responsible reporting”.
“There has been a lot of cross-checking lately with the police before news stories were aired or published, and that is responsible reporting,” he said.
He also thanked the Lae media team on behalf of the police personnel in the province, for its co-operation, following the three major breakouts at Buimo jail this year.
Morobe deputy administrator Bart Ipambonj said the provincial administration appreciated the work by FM Morobe, The National, Post-Courier, PNG FM, and NBC Morobe reporters “for their co-operation and improved relationship with the Government agencies”.
Both men also took the time to appeal to city residents to celebrate safely and avoid trouble this New Year’s long weekend.
Mr Ipambonj also handed over a K30,000 cheque from the Morobe provincial government to police to cover Christmas operations costs.
Police are under pressure by the police hierarchy to recapture around 100 remandees and convicts, who have escaped in three major jail breakouts at Buimo Jail this year, the latest less than three weeks ago.