2 Dec 2002

Alleged police attack on PNG journalist to be investigated

6:33 pm on 2 December 2002

The Papua New Guinea Media Council is investigating allegations that police assaulted a journalist who had written an article about the eviction of squatters from a settlement at Madang.

University lecturer and columnist for the National newspaper, Kevin Pamba, says he feared for his life when police personnel physically assaulted and verbally abused him.

He has told the National that the police claimed the article on the evictions and destruction of the squatter camp was biased and painted a bad picture of them.

Mr Pamba says one of the around 20 police who had threatened him, attempted to cut off one of his ears with a pocket knife.

He says they punched him in the face, the back of the head and the back amid demands for a front page apology.

Peter Aitsi of the PNG Media Council says they are looking into the claims.

"I've just asked our media council manager to gather information on it, and to give us the background, so that we can then take a course of action on it, whether that be a discussion with the police commissioner or other parties to that."