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Award winning journalist exposed as corporate stooge – again!

Not content with filing propaganda for Rimbunan Hijau and pretending it is news – Journalist embroiled in loggers shit – Malum Nalu has been caught doing the same for Exxon-Mobil….

From LNG Watch

Over the past month LNG Watch has witnessed first hand the power ExxonMobil wields in the national and international media. Reporting on one of the worst disasters (Tumbi landslide) in PNG’s history has been minimal and desperately lacking in critical edge, with a number of honourable exceptions. Indeed, how many stories have we seen from ground zero, relating victim’s stories or the humanitarian situation? A part of the problem is ExxonMobil enjoys close and collegial relationships with major media outlets, so close in fact that newspapers such as The National and The Post-Courier publish ExxonMobil’s press releases as news.Sadly, it now appears one of PNG’s most prolific bloggers, Malum Nalu – the winner of the 2011 UNESCO/Divine World University Award for Communication and Development – is replicating the mass-media’s bad practice by posting press releases from ExxonMobil on his popular blog, without any clear indication of its origins*. As a result, readers could at best believe this is an independently written news story, or at worst a personal endorsement from Malum Nalu himself. Of course, we wait with bated breath to see how long it takes for this same press release to be published in The National and/or The Post-Courier, without acknowledgement that it is an ExxonMobil press release.

* The Exxon statement was posted by Malum Nalu within 24 hours of its release – we wonder was a friendly phone call made or email sent by Rebecca Arnold, ExxonMobil’s Media and Communications adviser?

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  1. simple people
    March 2, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    this is just utter nonsense, exxon mobil is doing all it can to gain public opinion on the disaster that it is carring about the issue and de-track ones mind away from the real problom. is nalum malu supporting this hideous acts???

  2. Fred Dagg
    March 2, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    Another conspiracy?!! Exxon issues a press release. A lazy journalist copies it straight into print. And it’s Exxon’s fault?

  3. PK
    March 4, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Mmm… the lure of money knows no bounds. Journalists aren’t spared if corporations can get mileage out of using those that are vulnerable and put self interest before interest and respect for journalism as a profession. It is comparable to the sort of conspiracy in the UK where House of Commons MPs were being paid a kick back by certain corporations with discreet intentions to promote their intentions. Malum is a kind of our version of Dorothy Dix. But hey, he may not be the only stooge out there.

  4. Whistle Blower
    December 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm

    Unfortunately, there is no media in PNG. The so called journalists are all paid by companies to run stories, hence the cut and paste of press releases. Mr Nalu where are you and Alex Rheeney etc going to start asking the hard questions? You have lowered the integrity of journalism as a profession. Shame!

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