11 Nov 2013

PNG ponders tightening media ownership law

4:40 pm on 11 November 2013

A veteran journalist working for Reporters Without Borders says Papua New Guinea is considering restricting foreign ownership of media outlets.

Bob Howarth, who is the PNG country correspondent for the Paris-based organisation, says legislation is reportedly being prepared similar to that adopted in Fiji in 2010.

He says the two daily newspapers are mainly owned by Australian and Malaysian companies but this may change.

"If this legislation is real, they will be forced to sell their shares, including the only commercial TV station, EMTV, which is totally owned by Fiji TV of all places."

Bob Howarth.