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Silencing of Journalist is the Latest Attack on Constitutional Rights

Minister for Communication must advise public what Government will do to rectify violation of journalistic integrity

Port Moresby, 26th November 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) believes firmly that the democratic freedoms that allow journalists and citizens to question those in power must not be curtailed. TIPNG unequivocally supports the call by the Media Council of Papua New Guinea (MCPNG) for the reinstatement of EMTV Journalist Scott Waide. TIPNG said this in a recent media statement after allegations that Mr. Waide was suspended by his employer because of his reports on Government failings.

MCPNG said Mr. Waide, EMTV’s Lae Bureau Chief, was suspended for airing a story considered by the Media Niugini Ltd (MNL) Board, the Kumul Telikom Holdings Ltd (KTHL) Board and the Kumul Consolidated Holdings Ltd (KCHL) Board, to be ‘negative’. EMTV which is a free-to-air TV station operates as MNL, and was acquired by Telikom, which is now KTHL and is part of the government’s portfolio of state-owned assets under KCHL.

“Mr. Waide’s silencing by the state apparatus is unfortunately the culmination of a series of attacks on Papua New Guineans’ constitutional freedoms, particularly Section 46 which provides Freedom of Expression. If Mr. Waide has not violated his employment conditions, the MNL Board may be in breach of his Section 46 Right as a citizen and a journalist by suspending him for his reporting. The Minister for Communication must be clear and advise the general public and the international community on what the Government will do to rectify this violation of journalistic integrity” said Chairman of TIPNG Lawrence Stephens.

“Media outlets and journalists are guaranteed under the Constitution to publish without fear or favour. In the past year, Papua New Guinea has had indications of the curtailing of freedoms with the passing of the Cybercrime Act. That legislation was used to charge a blogger for calling the Electoral Commissioner a ‘tomato’- luckily the courts threw the case out,” added Stephens.

In 2018 the State threatened to shut-down social-media platforms, which led to derision in the lead up to an APEC 2018 agenda which pushed inclusivity and the ‘digital future’. Earlier this month local media personnel were reportedly barred by a foreign government, with mute acquiescence by our own government, from reporting on a state visit to the National Parliament. The penultimate insult came from rampaging police and correctional officers last week, who assaulted journalists with impunity.

TIPNG backs the MCPNG and urges all Papua New Guineans to demonstrate their support of Mr. Waide and our media organisations.

Papua New Guinea must not tolerate bullies with thin skins lashing out when their wrongs are pointed out by the media for the public good. Mr. Waide’s suspension and the other instances of media repression should cause all citizens to reflect fundamentally on the kind of democracy we want in Papua New Guinea.

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Coordinator for Corruption Complaints Desk & Part time Legal Consultant

TIPNG is calling for suitable candidates to fill in the position of a Coordinator and a part-time Legal Consultant.

The Advocacy & Legal Advice Center (ALAC) is a community service that TIPNG provides to the general public. The two essential services offered by the ALAC are:

  • Free legal assistance;
  • Free applicable information to complainants to assist them with their case.

COORDINATOR – CORRUPTION COMPLAINTS DESK

TIPNG is looking for a vibrant and energetic individual to coordinate the operations of its corruption complaints desk – the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre.

The person we are looking for must:

  • Have a demonstrated understanding of the Papua New Guinean Law & Justice sector
  • Have a tertiary-level qualification in Political Science, Public Policy Management, Communications or similar preferred
  • Have at least 3 years of successful project management and financial skills in either private or NGO sector
  • Have excellent written, verbal and listening skills
  • Be an upbeat team player with multitasking ability
  • Experience in dealing with concerns of individuals/ groups in meeting and/ or consultation situations.

Responsibilities

The duties of the Coordinator include:

  1. Manage all aspects of the ALAC program
  2. Manage communications and relationships with key national & international partners and stakeholders to develop strategic links, enhance ALAC advocacy and funding opportunities, foster support for the ALAC and promote the TIPNG’s approach to combating corruption in all sectors.

PART-TIME LEGAL CONSULTANT

TIPNG requires a practicing lawyer to work as a Legal Consultant with its corruption complaints desk – the Advocacy & Legal Advice Centre.

Scope of Work

 The contractor shall:

  • Provide  legal advice and assistance to ALAC clients
  • Be available twice a month to carry out duties
  • Provide monthly briefs to TIPNG

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  

Post or email applications to:

 

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Email: info@transparencypng.org.pg

 

Applications can be delivered to the TIPNG office at Lokua Avenue, Boroko, Sec 54, Lot 31.

 

Applications close on 19 October 2018 at 4:00pm

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TIPNG runs civic education teacher workshops

Port Moresby, 5 September 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) conducted an information session for teachers at Hagara Primary School in Hanuabada, Port Moresby last week.

The session covered the work of TIPNG and was aimed at introducing the teachers to civic education curriculum materials that TIPNG developed.  The teacher training will be held in September 2018.

TIPNG has developed a school based civic education curriculum aimed at assisting teachers and students to identify the functions and processes of civil society and state institutions , apply skills of active citizenship and interact with state institutions to demand better governance. TIPNG’s  civic education curriculum consist of  teacher resource books, background reading for teachers, student readers, DVDs, an android phone application, posters and teacher trainings. All the materials contain elements and concepts of good governance, accountability, transparency and integrity.

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vic education teacher training workshops have helped teachers to realize the suitability of these materials when used alongside other materials they already have. Through our School Based Civic Education curriculum we want school children to learn their rights and resp

onsibilities as citizens at an early age. We want to contribute to instilling a higher level of integrity in students before they step into the real world,” said TIPNG Executive Director, Ms Arianne Kassman.

TIPNG signed a Memorandum of Understanding  with the National Department of Education (NDoE) signed in 2015 forming a partnership to bring civic education to schools throughout Papua New Guinea.

TIPNG Executive Director Arianne Kassman speaks to teachers of Hagara Primary School during the information session.

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Democracy camp aims to empower young people

Port Moresby, 5 September 2018 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is set to host its 11th Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp from the 13th  – 23rd of September 2018.

Sixty young people from schools, churches and communities nationwide will be attending the camp at Bomana, Port Moresby.

The annual Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp was incepted in 2007. The event takes participants through simulations, presentations and hands-on activities on how to conduct fair elections, draft, debate and pass laws and learn more about the role of the media and other principles of democracy.

TIPNG Youth Integrity Program (YIP) Coordinator Elizabeth Aribi said that it is TIPNG’s goal to raise a generation of well-informed young Papua New Guineans through the Mike Manning Youth Democracy Camp.

“The theme for this year’s camp is  ‘I am empowered and ready to take action’. We hope to inform, educate, inspire and empower the young participants to realize their roles and responsibilities in creating a better country,” said Ms Aribi.

TIPNG is grateful for the support from Exxon Mobil PNG Ltd and the US Embassy of Port Moresby. .

The camp is named after the late Michael (Mike) Manning, OBE (1943-2008), a former chairman of TI PNG who was an Anti-Corruption activist and Economist.

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TIPNG Newsletter April – June 2018

Its been yet another busy but exciting quarter of the year.

We welcome our new Board of Directors and sincerely thank all the families, organizations, schools and individuals that took part in the Walk Against Corruption that was held in Port Moresby, Goroka and Lae.

We continue to focus on our mission to inform, educate and empower all Papua New Guineans to take action against corruption through the various programs that we run.

We thank you for your commitment to our cause and please get in touch with us if you need information about our projects.

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Deferral of LLG Elections unconstitutional and will disrupt delivery of basic services to local communities.

Port Moresby 27/07/18 – Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) believes the decision by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill to defer the Local Level Government (LLG) elections to 2019 unconstitutional and an assault on Democracy in Papua New Guinea.

“The justification that funds set aside for the conduct of the LLG Election need to be used for settling outstanding allowances to Councilors is deplorable. It indicates that it is the Government’s view that Constitutional Rights can be violated on the basis of poor fiscal management by state agencies,” said Chairman of TIPNG, Mr Lawrence Stephens . 

Deferral of the LLG elections is a complete breach of statutory and constitutional responsibilities and not consistent with the leadership that the people of Papua New Guinea deserve. The spirit of the constitution according to Section 34 of the Organic Law on the Provincial and Local Level Government is that the National and LLG elections should have concurrent terms. Financial matters as outstanding allowances, is an administrative issue and shouldn’t be used as an excuse by the government for the delay.

TIPNG is seriously concerned that such a move to defer the LLG Elections sets another bad precedent with disregard for the law being practice with impunity. The move also denies the people of Papua New Guinea the chance to exercise their democratic right to periodically elect their local level governments.

The delivery of basic government services to local communities will be disrupted and ordinary citizens will suffer the most if the LLG elections are pushed to April 2019.

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Integrity is a cure for Corruption: 2018 Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption

Port Moresby, 10  June 2018  – Over 150 organizations including schools have registered to participate in the 12th Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption (SASWAC) in Port Moresby.

The Walk was also held in Goroka and Lae on Friday 8/6/18  and Saturday 9/8/17 respectively.

The theme of this year’s Walk Against Corruption is “Walk for Integrity”.  Integrity is the quality of possessing high ethical principles or professional standards and keeping those standards consistent throughout all areas of your life – at work, school, church and at home. Having integrity means being true to yourself and not doing anything to disrespect yourself. Integrity can be summed up as doing the right thing, even when no one is looking.

Lack of integrity leads to corruption. integrity is a cure to corruption – if people always acted with integrity there would be no corruption. There would be no need to eradicate this  global systemic and systematic problem. Integrity is something that must be commitment by an individual; it must be inherent if it isn’t inherent, then it must be learned. Parents and society have a responsibility to live by the values that they espouse, and be strong and positive role models for the young.

Papua New Guinea is going through a challenging time with a shrinking civil space. The most pressing for the nation is the chipping away of civil liberties enshrined within the national constitution. The struggles of fighting corruption and enduring corruption are made worse by the forces restricting civil space and the ability for citizens to participate in nation building.

Exposing corruption takes a great deal of integrity and courage.  Both citizens and the media play an important monitoring role and this role needs to be done without fear or intimidation. If corrupt acts are exposed in the media and people are shamed or even face prosecution, it makes others think twice before doing the same thing

The battle for integrity remains to be won.  A battle that has to be won preferably first in homes and in schools, and then re-fought again and again on the wider grown-up stage in both the public and private sectors.

The Sir Anthony Siaguru Walk Against Corruption is TIPNGs major fundraising event. The purpose of the SASWAC is threefold: it creates greater awareness about corruption, secondly, it provides citizens an opportunity to peacefully demonstrate their opposition to corruption and thirdly and most importantly, it raises much needed funds for TIPNG. TIPNG hosts the Walk to raise money to sustain its operations.

This year 65 corporate teams, 17 civil society organization teams, 10 family teams and 73 school teams participated in the Port  Moresby Walk.  Total amount raised in Port Moresby  is approximately K147,900.

TIPNG acknowledges the support of various organizations and individuals that have shown their support by donating resources towards the event, the registered teams and organizations, the volunteers who have signed up to assist during the event.

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Keep the LPV system LPV is better for Papua New Guinean democracy than First-Past-The-Post system.

Transparency International PNG (TIPNG) is gravely concerned by a recent statement by Prime Minister Peter O’Neill on the floor of Parliament, in response to questions by the Opposition. Mr. O’Neill proposed that the country should go back to the first-past-the-post system and abandon the Limited Preferential Voting (LPV) system used for the 2012 & 2017 National Parliamentary Elections.

“The LPV system has increased democratic mandate of elected leaders and any step back to first-past-the-post will risk diminishing the voices of the people of Papua New Guinea in our National Elections” said Chairman of TIPNG, Lawrence Stephens. “The voting system is a non-issue in comparison to other more pressing administrative challenges to ensuring the integrity of national elections that should represent the views of Papua New Guineans.”

Preferential Voting systems, like LPV, are seen to be more democratic than first-past-the-post as they allow voters the opportunity to spread their votes amongst multiple candidates with the winner of a majority of votes after elimination and redistribution of votes being quantitatively more representative – especially in electorates with many candidates. In PNG, LPV can give minority candidates a stronger chance to present themselves as potential representatives of communities beyond those of their immediate clans and language groups, allow voters to choose candidates outside of their immediate clans, and can reduce the impact of electoral fraud in an election.

“The PNGEC has stated that systems like LPV are seen to be more indicative or reflective of the will of voters” said Mr. Stephens in a statement to the media, “contrary to what has been announced on the floor of Parliament, multiple observer groups, such as the Commonwealth and TIPNG support the use of LPV and instead have been justifiably concerned about more pressing issues such as the updating of rolls, compliance with and enforcement of election laws, PNGEC procurement and financing, PNGEC personnel issues and security during the election periods – it is surprising that the leaders in Parliament seem not  to be prioritising and strengthening these areas. Let us do things in accordance with the laws of the country before complaining that they are not fit for purpose.”

TIPNG will be submitting its concerns to the CLRC and its calling all elected leaders and concerned citizens who believe that representative democracy  requires acceptance and enforcement of agreed rules rather than changing the rules to suit the wishes of individuals who are required to play by the rules established on behalf of the electorate which examines their offers to represent them.

The LPV system was adopted to benefit all voters, has not been as well administered as it should have been but should certainly not dumped by those who have failed to respect and support its rules and apparently wish to return us to a system which allowed MPs to be elected with as little as 10% of the votes of the electors in local and National Parliamentary Elections.

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Position Vacant: Communications Officer

The Communications Officer will work with the External Engagement team to ensure communication and engagement with external stakeholders.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the External Engagement Manager, the individual will:

  • Work with External Engagement Team to develop, implement and review an overall Annual Strategic Communications Plan that aligns with the Business plan and organizational strategic objectives;
  • Produce the Quarterly Newsletter on time;
  • Identify issues, especially from the media, on which TIPNG should comment on;
  • Draft press releases, letters to the editors of newspapers, etc. and submit to External Engagement Manager for approval;
  • Work with External Engagement team to plan and implement media and/or public awareness campaigns;
  • Produce publicity and educational materials in simple English, Tok Pisin and Motu;
  • Maintain and update the TIPNG website and social media platforms (Facebook & Twitter);
  • Multimedia and design;
  • Assist External Engagement team in managing and coordinating community and fundraising events, and deliver presentations when required.

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • A qualification in Media relations, journalism;
  • At least 3 years of professional work experience in designing and executing communication activities;
  • Ability to work in a team and to meet tight deadlines in a dynamic and fast-paced work environment ;
  • Very good mastering of English;
  • Knowledge of and experience with media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform via written, oral, and visual media;
  • Experience with communication/ creative agencies/ vendors will be added advantage;
  • Ability to communicate with people outside the organisation, representing the organisation to customers, the public, government, and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail;
  • Ability to create new ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including creative contributions;
  • Proficient in use of computer applications related to the tasks;
  • Experience of working with local NGOs, private sector and government bodies would be an advantage.

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to:

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office –  Section 31 Lot 54 Lokua Avenue Boroko

Email to: offmantipng@gmail.com

For more information, call Tel: 323 7517

Applications close on Monday 4th June 2018

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Position Vacant: Membership & Events Officer

The Membership & Events Officer will work with the External Engagement team and raise funds for the organization through membership, donations, events and any other means.

Responsibilities

Under the direct supervision of the External Engagement Manager, the individual will:

  • Maintain membership database and record keeping for all members
  • Work in collaboration with key stakeholders and keep members informed about TIPNG activities
  • Working with Communications Officer to organize “lunch & learn” and membership drive/awareness within and outside of Port Moresby
  • Work with External Engagement Team in planning and implementing events such as the Bi-annual Exhibition, annual Corruption Perceptions Index and International Anti-Corruption Day
  • Coordinate the Walk Against Corruption
  • Track project expenditures and monitor and report progress

Qualification, Experience and Skills

  • A qualification or 2-3 years experience in marketing, media or business;
  • Ability to demonstrate initiative and work well under pressure.
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with the ability to produce concise and creative information materials to inspire new supporters while maintaining and developing relationships with existing supporters;
  • Ability to understand and generate budgets;
  • High standard of computer literacy in MS Excel;
  • Ability to plan ahead and work within agreed timeframes;
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends as required

Applications must include 3 referees with reliable telephone number and/or email address.  Send applications to

The Executive Director

Transparency International PNG Inc.

P O Box 591, Port Moresby, NCD

Email: offmantipng@gmail.com

Applications can be dropped off at the TIPNG office – Section 31 Lot 54 Lokua Avenue Boroko. | For more information, call Tel: 323 7517

Applications close on Monday 4th June 2018

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