Chinese officials kick EMTV & foreign media out of APEC events but allow Chinese state media

Picture by ABC’s Natalie Whiting

Papua New Guinea’s  freedoms of speech, expression and access to information were challenged yesterday when  Chinese officials barred  both local and non-Chinese  media from attending  meetings at three APEC venues.

It  began in Parliament when Chinese President, Xi Jinping was giving an address after a guard of honor.  EMTV journalist, Theckla Gunga, who was assigned to  cover the Chinese President’s visit  reported that just after 11am,  Chinese officials accompanying  their president ordered the microphones removed  from the  speaker where they had been placed to record the speeches.

“Chinese officials who are organizing the official opening of the Chinese funded six lane road have refused to give audio feeds  to media personnel,”  she said in a WhatsApp message. “Microphones belonging to both local and international media have been removed.

The officials however, allowed Chinese state owned broadcaster, CCTV,  to record Xi Jinping’s speech.

Theckla Gunga and other journalists spent about 10 minutes arguing with the Chinese officials but were still refused.

One hour later, EMTV Online reporter,   Merylyn Diau-Katam,  faced another group of Chinese officials at the gate of a Chinese government funded school.

“Before the President arrived a bus full of Chinese media personnel were driven into the gate on a bus,” she said. “And when we wanted to go in, we were told our names were not on the list even though we had APEC accreditation passes.

“No media. No media, a Chinese official said.”

Merylyn Diau-Katam was not the only one refused entry.  In the group was a photographer from Japanese public broadcaster, NHK and other media.  A PNG government official also spent several minutes arguing with the Chinese security to let him in.

At 5pm yesterday (16/11/18),  Chinese officials again, booted out  local and international media from a meeting between the Chinese President and Pacific Island country  leaders.   EMTV anchor and senior journalist, Meriba Tulo,  was among others told to “get out” of the meeting while Chinese media were allowed into the room.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation  was also  told to leave.  They spoke to Post Courier’s senior journalist, Gorethy Kenneth.   She said Chinese officials from Beijing were initially angry with the presence of international media.

“I said: ‘We are here to cover the meeting, our names have been submitted.’ And they said: ‘No, all of you get out.'” Kenneth said.

10 comments on “Chinese officials kick EMTV & foreign media out of APEC events but allow Chinese state media

  1. Eyesfrom thedistance

    why on earth are we been treated like that in our own land, do we have this so call freedom of speech? i as a papua new guinean, it seems like this is no longer our land..
    people does this ring any bells ? kirap lo slip nau, !!


  2. This is what happens when you let a chinamen into your own country ,they takeover and treat you like an outsider just because they can,wake up Peter O’Neill, dont let them takeover!!!


  3. Esther Ingram

    China has been subversively working with Mr. O’neill to take control of PNG inspite if all they have said to the contrary. Now their actions speak loud and clear!


  4. Anyone who believes that the Chinese government is honorable is foolish, this is just the start. With how they are acting here will be the same in any other country that they are or have delt with.. wake up people Chinese can not be trusted


  5. Well PNG expect more bad treatment from China, it is how they are. Get away now while you still can.


  6. Morgan Gegera

    Get used to it, this is China.
    Play smart. Think strategically. Be diplomatic. Look friendly. Give generously. Dominate. Control. Take over. Own it. This is the kind of game been played….it’s called world dominance!
    If you can’t repay my loan I’ll take whatever you have & more & you can do nothing about it.


  7. Jonathan Kapak

    Can we stand up and do something about it before we fall out of the frying pan onto the burning flames.


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