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PNG government looks to crack down on dissent

February 20, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments


Spreading of malicious and misleading information is a serious crime and those found to be doing such will be dealt with, says the Prime Minister’s Chief-of-Staff, Ben Micah.

Mr Micah made these comments following recent circulation of anti-government information via text messages on mobile phones, email messages and comments being posted on social network site, Facebook.

“The military, police and the National Intelligence Organisation (NIO) and other pro-government civilian networks are monitoring all attempts to destabilise the Government’s firm control of the country.

“All patriots and law abiding citizens are required to be vigilant. I urge you all to separate rumours from facts and report any suspicious events to the Prime Minister’s office, the deputy PM’s office, police, PNGDF, the Office of the Chief Secretary or your local MP’s office.

“Such misinformation includes any information which you consider to be illegal and detrimental to the peace and good order of your community and subversive to the overall security of our nation,” he said.

A committee has been set up to look into this and to monitor and track down people who have ulterior motives to destabilise the government.

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PM’s Chief of Staff

  1. February 21, 2012 at 8:18 pm

    I have not read or sighted the so called malicious emails/sms texts etc that Micah is is talking about about. ccan someone post them here for us to read? in any case, the threats or directives issued by Micah reminds one of communist countries or those ruled by dictators! the government department and line agencies are not there to suppress,subdue or trample on the people so please do the not abuse the power vested in you by the people!!

  2. Karsie
    February 25, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    We live in a democratic country and such bullshit from you Mr. Micah must stop. You do not own this country nor do the Members of the National Parliament. The 7million plus people do own PNG and must always live and speak their minds freely whether you and the Govt like it or not. Are you trying to turn PNG into a police state? Do you recon dragonian, despotic, authoritarian policies and attitudes to shut people’s right to speak and be heard is the way to go? It appears clearly to me the Govt and you have lost the plot. You are clearly displaying lack of skills and experiences or better still, irrelevant skills and arrogant attitude and engaging in contempt of the rights of citizens and laws of this country iwhich guarantee freedom of speech – an important pillar of democracy which also promotes transparency and accountability in governance. Modern effective leaders understand the roles of media and free speech. They do not censor and sanction but accept and embrace its value. Social media outlets have become effective in keeping the govt and leadership in check. It has become part of life for true and genuine leaders around the globe and if you do not appreciate it, you can’t be an effective leader. We have institutions of state which manage and implement existing laws to deal with crimes and they are better placed in dealing with it. You only have to make those institutions effective by recognizing their roles through various support that they need. Your proposal and announcement is the most stupid and unintelligent approach I have ever come across in PNG from any Govt since independent to handle media and freedom of speech.

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