Massive Awareness on Censorship is a Priority

Hon Minister for Community Development and Sohe MP Delilah Gore officially opening the National Media Workshop

Hon Minister for Community Development and Sohe MP Delilah Gore officially opening the National Media Workshop

Massive awareness on censorship issues in the country, both urban and rural is now one of the priority activities for the Office of Censorship in 2016 and beyond.
This was made known by the Chief Censor Mr Steven Mala at the two day’s workshop hosted by the Office.

The Management and staff celebrated the announcement during a general staff meeting at the Office of Censorship on 2nd October, 2015.

Mr Mala said, “in order for the population to learn more about what the office does or to understand the office’s role in the community as a government entity, the media must firstly show interest in censorship work and express that mere keen attitude toward compiling reliable information that is worth sharing to the communities so everyone understands the role of the office and can assist in any way by helping the Office deliver its services effectively.”

With the goal of expanding awareness nationwide, the office planned and organised a Censorship Awareness and Media Partnership Workshop on the 12th and 13th of November, 2015, which was held at March Girls Resort, outside of Port Moresby.

It was a two days’ workshop attended by representatives from the print media (newspapers), electronic media (radio/television) and social media (PNG Loop). In line with the functions of the Censorship Board in regulating and monitoring the content of mass communication, the main aim of the workshop is to educate journalists with accurate and comprehensive information to guide them in reporting censorship news with a ‘human touch.’

During the workshop, it was stressed that the media and the general public must understand the role and function of this Office which has the interest of the people, especially children, women and vulnerable person. The Office is striving to deliver better awareness programs and establish policies that will protect a growing mind in any given society in this country.

Meanwhile, the expected outcome of the workshop is for the Censorship Board through the Office of Censorship to build partnership and networking with the main stream media for advocacy and awareness-raising on censorship issues in the country.