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Post Courier wrong: Sakora NOT acquitted

June 8, 2016 2 comments

sakora NOT acquitted

The front page headline and story in the Post Courier today is completely misleading and untrue but, sadly, not untypical of the poor standard of media reporting in Papua New Guinea.

Justice Bernard Sakora has NOT been acquitted.

He is accused of corruptly receiving K100,000 from notorious lawyer Paul Paraka in return for issuing a highly unusual and completely questionable blanket injunction preventing implementation of the findings of the Commission of Inquiry into the Department of Finance or any media reporting.

sakora paraka order

Part of the order Sakora gave to Paul Paraka

The Commission of Inquiry exposed the theft of K780 million by corrupt lawyers and public officials. Paraka was identified as a major participant in the fraud and primary beneficiary.

Yesterday a magistrate throw out the charge against Sakora because of an alleged procedural error by the police.

The magistrate did NOT acquit Sakora.

To acquit someone means to free them from a criminal charge by a verdict of not guilty. It means the accused is absolved, cleared, exonerated, declared innocent or pronounced not guilty.

None of those terms can be applied to Bernard Sakora and his receipt of the K100,000 (which he does not deny).

The charge against Sakora has NOT been tested in court. He has NOT been found NOT GUILTY. He has NOT been acquitted.

Justice Sakora still needs to answer the questions of why did he received K100,000 from Paul Paraka and why did he grant such an unusual injunction?

The Post Courier should apologise to the people of Papua New Guinea!

Post Courier peddling logging industry false propaganda

October 29, 2015 1 comment

We are all used to reading logging industry propaganda in The National, after all it is owned by Malaysian logging giant and infamous human rights abuser, Rimbunan Hijau. But now the Post Courier has found itself caught up peddling forestry industry lies.

Contrary to the claims in the Post Courier story below (a story The National first published a day earlier), Japanese aid agency JICA has not said forest management in PNG is carried out in an ecologically sustainable manner and there has been no significant deforestation over the past twenty five years. Neither has it said there is no illegal logging

The whole Post Courier story is just lies and misinformation from the Forest Industry Association and its notorious hack, Bob Tate, based on their false interpretation of PNG’s new forest inventory.

That inventory is based around an analysis of satellite imagery that shows 80% of PNG can be divided up into one hectare blocks with at least 10% canopy cover and tress at least three metros tall. These areas include logged over forests, rural gardens, villages and oil palm and coconut plantations.

If a one hectare (100m x 100m) block of land has just 10% tree cover the whole block is counted as forest. What should be 1,000m3 of forest is recorded as 10,000m3!

In PNG’s new forest inventory if a one hectare (100m x 100m) block of land has just 10% tree cover the whole block is counted as forest. What should be 1,000 m2 of forest is recorded as 10,000 m2!

Clearly,  logged over forests, gardens, rural villages and oil palm and coconut plantations are all areas that although officially defined as forest in the inventory, have no significance at all in defining ecologically sustainable forest management or deforestation rates and in no way can they be taken as an endorsement that logging is legal!

According to the FIA logged over forests are being sustainably managed despite having all commercially valuable timber stripped out.

According to the FIA logged over forests like these are being sustainably managed despite having all commercially valuable timber stripped out.

According to the FIA areas of oil palm planting are still counted as forest and have not been deforested,

According to the FIA areas of oil palm planting like this are still counted as forest and should not be counted as deforested,

According to the FIA coconut plantations like these are 'healthy forests'

According to the FIA coconut plantations like these are ‘healthy forests’

PNG trees in robust state
Post Courier October 28,2015
FOREST in Papua New Guinea is in a robust state, without any significant deforestation for the past 25 years, PNG Forest Industry Association executive director Bob Tate has announced.
In a media statement yesterday, Mr Tate said the information has been confirmed through the ground-breaking analysis using satellite sensing by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) reports.
“The results of this work have been recognised by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation in their latest Forest Resource Assessment released last month,” he said.
Mr Tate said this was the first full inventory ever undertaken of PNG’s forest estate, and it was also a good news story for the PNG Government, which is hosting a meeting of APEC Forestry Ministers this week in Papua New Guinea.
He said the PNG Forest Industry Association thanks JICA for the important research.
“This data is the foundation we need to move to the next step and implement sustainable forest management in PNG,” Mr Tate said.
“This system of management meant tracts of forest and species dependent are preserved and harvesting is selective to ensure regrowth.”
He said that the latest research findings indicated that sustainable forest management is being practiced in PNG, and has been demonstrated to be successful; concerns about deforestation have been largely exaggerated.
“To formalise this sustainable approach, PNG’s forest industry appeals to other donors to fund development of world’s best practices forest sustainability standard, akin to those in developed economies.
“The JICA research reveals Greenpeace has calculated misinformation and Greenpeace has since closed down in PNG.”
He added that Greenpeace and other forestry activities wrongly asserted repeatedly that 70 per cent of PNG’s timber was illegally logged.

JICA dispels forest claims
The National, Tuesday October 27th, 2015
MORE than 80 per cent of the country is still covered by forest, according to a recent study by an aid agency, dispelling claims by anti-logging activists.
Using satellite sensing, the Japan International Corporation Agency (JICA) reported that there had been no significant deforestation in PNG over the last 25 years and that the forests were in good health.
The agency’s analysis was endorsed by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation.
“This is a good news for the PNG government who are hosting a meeting of the APEC forest ministers in the country this week,” Bob Tate, executive director of the PNG Forest Industry Association says.
Thanking JICA for the research, Tate said this was the first full inventory ever undertaken of the country’s forest estates.
“This data is the foundation we need to move on to the next step to implement sustainable forest management in the country,” he said.
Tate said this system would preserve tracts of forest and species dependent on them as well as ensure selective harvesting.
“These principles guide PNG government policy today, but a national standard for sustainable development is needed.
“This latest research finding indicates that sustainable forest management has been practised and has demonstrated to be successful but concerns about deforestation have largely been exaggerated”.
He said the findings proved the anti-forestry activists’ misconception and miscalculated information on forest and illegal logging in PNG.
He said Greenpeace and other anti-forestry activists had wrongly asserted repeatedly that 70 per cent of the timber was illegally logged.
“The only source of this number is an unverifiable claim by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF),” he said.
“No timber was allowed to be exported without being checked by independent inspectors but yet the anti-forestry activists and the World Bank continue to cite the number.”
Tate believes the APEC forest ministers will focus on ways to improve forest management and how forestry could be used to reduce greenhouse emissions.
He said now that the country’s comprehensive forestry inventory was in place through JICA’s analysis, he expects the European Union will fund further research on the carbon cycle in the PNG’s forest species.

We are to Blame for Our Corrupt Leaders – Its time to Unite and Fight

January 23, 2014 5 comments

Strong leaders emerge from mass movements, not vice versa. In times of corruption, virulent white-collar criminality, rising costs of living, expanding inequality, land grabs, resource manipulation, and the loss of sovereignty to shady foreigners of many colours and creeds, many citizens dream of a saviour who will cleanse PNG of the wrong-doers and bring about justice. This saviour exists – not in the form of any one man or woman, but in all men and women of PNG united. Only a mass movement of epic proportions can counteract a swindle of epic proportions.

At the moment there are no mass movements in PNG capable of securing the national interest. For instance, in the rural areas there is no peasant movement, uniting all clans, which seeks to conquer for the rural masses political power; to conquer political power in order to champion the interests of those who have access to land and labour, but who need vital support in terms of transport, technology, communications and marketing, if they are to get something remotely resembling a fair market price for their hard work. While in the cities, the labour-unions are small, poorly resourced, often mismanaged, and have yet to amplify the collective voice of working people either at an industrial level or a political level.

Without such mass movements, we still have leaders yes, but weak leaders that are greedy, self-interested and easily corruptible (with honourable exceptions). They are weak, greedy and corrupt because they are not held accountable by a mass of people unified through strong civil society organisations who can ensure that promises of sweeping reform and changes are kept. Instead, they are ‘accountable’ to a fragmented and atomised electorate, who are often disorganised and have no mechanisms or criteria with which to keep leaders in check. So when it comes to election time, our leaders arrive with beer, shirts and big promises. That votes are won through such superficial transactions is not an indictment on the people of PNG, it is a reflection of our demoralisation, disorganisation and disempowerment.

From there the weak leaders, unconnected to a mass movement, go to Waigani, where they are courted by foreign companies some of whom wish to command PNG’s natural resources, others are more brazen crooks just looking for a chunk of public revenues through petty frauds. Weak leaders listen to foreign companies and foreign advisers, because they have no mass movement keeping them to account, ensuring they are championing the interests of PNG people, not foreigners. Weak leaders fill their own pockets, because there is no consequence if they do.

The media is not going to be our saviour – lets face it, The National is owned by Rimbunan Hijau a company whose criminality is legendary, as the latest SABL Commission of Inquiry attests. Equally, the Post-Courier is owned by none other than the News Corporation, whose crooked deals are currently the subject of criminal prosecutions in the UK. News organisations run by the very types of venal companies coming to suck our fertile soils of every last ounce of wealth, are hardly going to act as spotlights.

For too long the people of this great nation have blamed their leaders for being weak. The truth is we are the ones who have made them weak. We have made them weak because we are fragmented and divided – there is no muscle on the bones of the nation! We have made them weak because there is no serious mass-resistance to those who steal our resources, and wreak havoc in the towns and rural areas.

It is time to unite, and fight, only then will strong leaders emerge who govern in the national interest rather than the interest of a rich and powerful minority who on the whole call foreign lands home.

Post Courier publishing Exxon Mobil press releases as news – again!

December 10, 2011 1 comment

The Post-Courier has been caught out once again by LNG Watch publishing press releases from Exxon-Mobil and pretending they are news written by its journalists.

Last week on 5 December Exxon-Mobil announced on its website: “Trainees graduate from first stage of training”. The link is dead. However, two days later a story on an extremely similar theme, written like a press statement, appears in the Post Courier (see below).

Corporate power is real, it is a shame our major daily is so easily corruptible. The loggers and the miners have The National, the oil companies the Post Courier.

At least the people have their blogs even if there is no newspaper to represent their views….

Skilling the PNG LNG workforce

Post-Courier (7/12/11)
THE LNG workforce from the four impact villages of Portion 152, which are Boera, Papa, Lealea and Porebada, attended a half day workshop on up skilling employees, last Friday at the Shady Rest Hotel.
The four hours workshop was facilitated by Boera Holdings, the landowner company for Boera village with the support of Laba Holdings Limited.
President of the Boera LNG Workforce, Konio Lohia said that the workshop with the theme “Providing Solutions for a Better Tomorrow” basically targeted the management level like managers and supervisors.
She added that both male and female workers attended the workshop which was to up skill and better prepare them for the LNG project as well as discuss other issues.
Other LNG workers representatives from the other three villages were encouraged to also attend the workshop. Lohia added that Boera village contributes about 500 local workers alone who are employed through Laba Holdings in the LNG project.
“We will use the workshop to discuss on issues both social and economical that is affecting our villages and try to find solutions to those problems,” she said.
“We at Boera Holdings are taking the lead through the workshop so that our colleagues from the other three villages will be able to learn from the discussions at the workshop and go back to their villages and plan their activities,” she said.
“We aim to bring back the fruits of our labour in the LNG Project to benefit our families and the village communities and at the same time try and manage the social problems within our community,” Mrs Lohia said.
Since the LNG project construction phase, there have been changes occurring in the lifestyles within the community and we have to be on par with the current trend of change happening here and elsewhere,” she said.

New lottery breaks all the rules

October 20, 2010 8 comments

The National Gaming Control Board Chief Executive, Simon Sanangke, is set to kick off a new lottery game today that can be played on your mobile phone.

For K4.20 anyone with a mobile phone will be able to enter the lottery with no limit on the number of entries that can be submitted from any mobile phone.

The weekly winners will be drawn every Saturday.

PNG Lottery managing director, Paul Siwi, describes the new mobile phone lottery as ‘convenient and cheap’.

While the Post Courier in one of the worst pieces of front page ‘reporting’ this year has breathlessly described it as “exciting” and has wildly declared there will be new millionares “every week”.

But what everyone seems to have forgotten is the LAW!

The Gaming Control Act 2007 states that “any person selling any game to a person under the age of 18 shall be guilty of an offence”

How many people under 18 years of age do you know with a mobile phone or access to a mobile phone?

How are our kids going to be stopped from entering the lottery?

And has Mr Sanangke and the National Gaming Control Board forgotten about its mandate to “adequately protect minors and vulnerable persons”?

Such nicities as the law and the protection of children sure as hell weren’t the concern of Mohammad Bashir and the Post Courier when they published their advertising drivel on the front page on Monday!