DWU marks World Media Freedom Day

Divine Word University’s Madang campus celebrated the World Media Freedom Day on Friday 4th May, 2012 with a range of activities.

The highlight of the day was the keynote address by John Momis, one of the founding fathers of Papua New Guinea and its national constitution. Momis spoke on the importance of Section 46 of the constitution which gives citizens the right to freedom of expression and publication.  Momis, who is the president of the Autonomous Region of Bougainville (AROB) is a former Catholic priest who has served as a national Member of Parliament representing the Bougainville provincial seat for many years until he was unseated in 2002. He was later appointed PNG’s ambassador to China by the government of Prime Minister Sir Michael Somare, a fellow founding father of the nation. Momis returned from China several years ago and contested and won the AROB presidency. Besides speeches by Momis and others, the commemoration of the important day set aside by the United Nations included dramas and skits, a sports competition, community awareness, reports from invited guest and blogger Martin Namarong of the Namarong Report

and a television project by Joys Eggins from the Goroka-based Yumi Piksa Productions.

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The celebration also saw the awarding of the DWU Communication and Development Award to Yumi Piksa Productions for its effort in promoting development at the community level through its video productions.
PNG’s pioneer national television station, EMTV and pioneer commercial FM radio station, FM 100, also attended the ceremony and provided coverage.

Chairman of the DWU Media Freedom Day Committee Fabian Hakalits, a senior student from the Communication Arts (journalism) Department said the celebration this year was changed to include other departments and faculties in the University. Previously, the commemoration has only involved the Communication Arts Department and the Faculty of Arts.

“Previously media partners and mostly students and staff of the Arts Faculty Departments - the Social and Religious Studies, PNG Studies and Communication Arts and Journalism participated, said Hakalits in a media statement.

But media concerns everyone and if we want to bring positive change and development to our country, we must all work in partnership and we’re honored to have students from the Faculty of Health Sciences join us this year,” said Hakalits.

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