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A Member of Papua New Guinea Parliament who has spent the past few weeks running a campaign against the buying and reading of newspapers is encouraged by some noticeable improvements in reporting.
Speaking to Post-Courier after being asked about his controversial “No newspaper campaign”, Madang Open MP Bryan Kramer said he was encouraged with the way stories are now being covered.
He said a reasonable amount of balance was now evident in the papers and that this was something to be pleased about.
“I have been getting reports and have had discussions and am seeing that there is a change in reporting, which is encouraging.
“I am not against the paper company per say or specific journalism. There are credible honest journalists,” said Kramer.
But just the same, he also said that unethical journalism still exists and must be addressed when it comes to the public’s attention.
Although he did not definitively say if the campaign against newspapers was stopped or is ongoing, he spoke in retrospect about the support the campaign had gathered and how it has had its intended impact on mainstream journalism.
“I can see more articles on the Opposition, more balanced reporting and I understand that your editors and bosses are taking an interest in your role and the influence you have,” said Kramer.
He said that he would revisit his strategy and possibly meet with both newspapers about how to address corruption in the industry and in the country as a whole.
He ended by encouraging reporters to uphold good values and ethical practices and peddled the idea of a possible collaboration with mainstream media.
“A lot of people are coming out to me with information on issues and corrupt practices.
“I’m hoping that the press can come out because some fights you can’t fight I will fight for you to be honest,” he said.
SOURCE: POST COURIER/PACNEWS
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