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Paul Paraka lawyers trying to block private email messages and censor access to the internet

Paul Paraka lawyers are trying to intimidate internet service providers in PNG into blocking private emails that refer to them, Zacchary Gelu, Gabriel Yer and Iassac Lupari.

They are also trying censor the internet by getting ISPs to block access to websites and blogs including PNGexposed, PNG Blogs, ACTNOW! PNG and the Nancy Sullivan blog.

Paul Paraka’s extraordinary attempt to interfere in private communications between individuals and to censor the internet is revealed in its letter to Global Technology – read the Paraka Letter

Paraka Lawyers claim that there action is justified by a Court Order – but that order makes no mention of blocking email traffic or stopping access to the internet sites and makes no reference to Internet Service Providers (despite Paraka’s claims to the contrary).

Paul Paraka lawyers are mentioned more than 150 times in the 800-page report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Finance Department that reveals how K780 million was stolen from public funds between 2000 and 2006.

  1. Frustrated.
    June 9, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    If Paraka Lawyers wants to censor the contents they need to get to the Gateway and that is through Telikom PNG Limited.. They control the Gateway for all Internet Traffic to and out of PNG, Global cannot go out after people running blogs, its an attack to the personal freedoms of speech, everything is on record, you shut one down and 100 more will come out, why cant you be man enough come out and defend yourselves, admit the thievery, the ransacking of public monies and do the time or pay back everything owed. Dont lose sleep over this, its not over….

  2. Kristian
    June 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Fantastic effort in uploading that letter. So, when landowners obtain an injunction against MCC’s deep sea tailings disposal system, parliament passes legislation nullifying such efforts. Now efforts are being made to block the public transmission of a legitimate, thorough inquiry, will parliament be so obliging to the people and thwart these efforts, or will it sit on its own hands thereby proving what most people already suspect.

  3. Argy Bargy
    June 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I’m not too sure what technical advice Paraka Lawyers received but I don’t think it’s as simple as enabling or disabling an option to set up the filter that they would like to have.

    As ‘Frustrated’ pointed out, you would have to actually shut down the sites/blogs… but as soon as one is shut down 20 others will spring up so unfortunately your court orders and legal threats will get you nowhere when it comes to the internet.

    While you have become rich from pillaging public funds, our fellow Papua New Guineans continue to suffer from a lack of proper health services, rising poverty and high unemployment!

    How do you sleep at night?

  4. the man
    June 10, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Although I understand that you are getting heaps of publicity for your own blog by keeping the Financial report to yourself do PNG a favour and post a complete copy of the report on a web site where it will not be taken down.

    Paraka has the money to completely take down your website sometime within the next couple months. I pray that your not so foolish that you don’t realise that.

    • June 11, 2010 at 9:29 pm

      I’m beginning to also wonder if this site has fighting corruption in PNG as its main goal, or is the main goal to keep posession of the Financial Inquiry report and let only bits and pieces of it dribble out as you (not the people) decide?

      If so, you’re no better than the power hungry, attention grabbing corrupt leaders and businessmen that you act like you’re trying to fight. You’ve now gotten several comments telling you to put up the whole Finance Dept Inquiry, if not here, then on another website that can host it.

      You can continue to be like Somare and ignore these requests, doing whatever you like, but realise that it hurts your own reputation to play the same kinds of games as the politicians are playing.

      • June 12, 2010 at 4:35 pm

        Understand your frustration, but the whole report is 818 pages – it is too big to upload in one file!

  5. Frustrated.
    June 10, 2010 at 11:59 pm

    I support “The Man’s” Call…. I urge whoever is running this blog, if you have a full copy of the Report, upload it to Wiki Leaks.. http://wikileaks.org/ Wikileaks is an amorphous, international organization, originally Sweden-based,that publishes anonymous submissions and leaks of sensitive documents from governments and other organizations, while preserving the anonymity of their sources.

    • Tanirau
      June 11, 2010 at 2:02 pm

      Full on support, Frustrated. Blog master, just do it!

  6. Also Frustrated
    June 11, 2010 at 8:10 am

    More & more corruption and more & more scared people trying to use the PNG legal system to withdraw our democratic right to “FREEDOM OF SPEECH”…

    By the way..caution…democratic right to freedom of speech does not give anyone the right to attack other citizens with unfounded, baseless & character assassinating speculations…the blogs should provide avenue for discussion with credible evidence. Individual viewpoints without credible evidence should be filtred.

    so please publish the ‘report’ and we know its not all bull crap!!!

  7. Bapa Bomoteng
    June 11, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    All good Papua New Guineans out there should circulate these information to all by all and any means.

    What effect does the court order have when information is circulating all over the place. The sensor court order becomes another thrash. They produce all the court orders with all its stamped document, and in all the expensive glossy papers, what difference does it make?

    Thief’s are thief’s any way! They can change their address, change their clothes, their location. They will never run away! They are still thiefs.

    You can run but never hide!

  8. Frustrated.
    June 11, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I urge you to please upload the documents to Wikileaks, what are you gaining by keeping this document to yourself? do the right thing, they are now in damage control mode and would be looking at means to shut down the various blogs listed.

    • June 12, 2010 at 4:36 pm

      That has been tried – but wikileaks are not accepting new material as they are out of funds!

  9. Darkhorse
    June 12, 2010 at 7:54 am

    PNGEXPOSED,you are being greedy by releasing the Dept Finance report in bits and pieces.

    • June 12, 2010 at 4:37 pm

      If you want to fund us to work on this full time then please go ahead – we are doing our best with no resources and poor internet connections!

  10. Pops Doc
    June 13, 2010 at 1:20 am

    It’s good that the pngexposed people (God bless them) have replied to these legitimate matters of concern.

    In the future, it might be better to be more proactive and if not anticipating the concerns, at least addressing them before they built up like they have now.

    There is nothing on the Wikileaks doc submission page that says they will not currently accept documents. Where did you get this message?

    The document can be broken up into separate pdf files so that they can be uploaded and e-mailed (no more than 25 pages each file), then the downloaders can put the pdf files together if they want, there is plenty of software available for that purpose.

    If you are in PNG have you considered contacting Rowan Callick who must have access to a copy in Australia, and having the document uploaded from that location?

    I’m sure there are solutions to this that do not require more money. I think everyone very much appreciates what you do. At the same time, in order for you to be a catalyst for others to take action, there are certain strategies that should be followed. I agree that while you should continue to get out certain portions of the document with the summary reports as you have been doing, that the entire document should also be available for those who can utilise the whole thing.

    Again, God bless you all for your excellent work!

    • LMN
      June 16, 2010 at 9:26 am

      I’d like to know why the owners of this site have not replied to Popdoc’s comments?????

  11. Talariia
    June 13, 2010 at 10:55 pm

    1] Censorship is wrong, and actually against the organic law of PNG.
    2] Why are you commentors shooting at the messenger? Darkhorse, TheMan, I suggest you take your frustration out in more productive channels: Like calling & writing to your Parliamentrian and the PM and tell *them* what you think about the spurious use of law to make threats, the censorship, the behaviour of the Grand Thief & his cronies, the theft of government funds. Ultimately, if you don’t defend a democracy by using the tools provided by the democracy, you will see more than theft of government funds. You’ll see theft of your democracy.

  12. JTP
    June 15, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Talariia, I suggest that you stop being rhetorical and understand that anyone who doesn’t put these documents on Wikileaks eventually will find themselves with no place to turn when THEY are shut down.

    People are making suggestions for constructive reasons, I’m sure. No one is shooting at the messenger that I can see. What I can see is that they want the messenger to be far more effective than is currently true. Em tasol.

    • Joshua T
      June 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

      WHAT IS GOING ON HERE? WHY ISN’T THE INQUIRY REPORT ON WIKILEAKS YET OR IS IT???

    • July 6, 2010 at 4:07 am

      Here’s a better option if posting on WikiLeaks is difficult. Just email the report in broken down PDF documents to admin@niuginicafe.com and they will publish for you on http://www.niuginicafe.com. There is plenty exposed there as well.

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