8 Jul 2003

PNG MP wants stricter controls on the media

11:06 am on 8 July 2003

A Papua New Guinea MP is calling for stricter controls on media because journalists continue to be careless in their reporting.

The Gulf Province governor Chris Haiveta, wants an independent body to regulate new media laws and handle complaints from the public and MPs when the media gets it wrong.

He is also critical of the media council and suggests a more independent body be established.

"Retired judges maybe or people in the industry that have retired and have no conflict of interest whatsoever. Because I believe that the Media council, the Law Society, all the people who sit on these various professional boards or bodies have a conflict of interest in judging their peers."

Chris Haiveta says he is consulting with government, the industry and the private sector before drafting a private members bill.