Rumour mill frightens PNG govt

THE O’Neill-Namah coalition government has made what may be a doomed attempt to tackle rumour mongering in Papua New Guinea.
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Prime Minister Peter O'Neill's chief of staff Ben Micah has fired off a statement which would seem to be more suitable for communist or dictatorial nations.

"The military, police and the National Intelligence Organisation and other pro-government civilian networks are monitoring all attempts to destabilise the government's firm control of the country," he said.

"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 prime minister's office, police, PNG Defence Force, 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."

According to the statement, Micah made the comments after the recent circulation of "anti-government information" via text messages on mobile phones, email messages and comments being posted on Facebook. understands the government is most sensitive about recent speculation and rumour mongering about changes in command of the PNGDF but is seeking clarification over what is considered "anti-government" information.

Despite these intentions, there are questions over whether PNG authorities have the necessary resources, or legal clearance, for significant monitoring activities.

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