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  1. Alexander
    Alexander April 18, 2017 at 9:27 pm

    Hi Amanda
    Thanks for pointing out the facts from a well researched article.PC has totally put to shame PNG as a country with its misleading poorly researched dangerous information.
    But,PC did hit a point ,the trend of Phornography in PNG is really growing,even the 75% of the illitrate rural population are viewing Phorn through Cheaply sold Asians Phones via bluetoth and other sharing device.
    Thamks

  2. Lalen Simeon
    Lalen Simeon February 16, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you Amanda for doing the google search to prove that the shameful information reported by PC on its front page was inaccurate. Thank you again, you are a true ambassador of providing a positive image of my beautiful country Papua New Guinea.

  3. Dr. Amanda H A Watson
    Dr. Amanda H A Watson February 15, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you to the nine people who took the trouble to write comments on my blog post. I feel proud that my research has helped to alleviate the shame that so many people in Papua New Guinea have been feeling since the publication of the front-page story.

    Henry and Stanley, thank you for suggesting that the Post-Courier might consider re-publishing my blog post. After you suggested this, I did contact them to pass on your idea, but I am not aware of them having re-published my analysis.

    The post has also been passed on to The National, the other daily newspaper in PNG, but again I am not aware of them having re-published it.

    Amanda. 🙂

  4. Stanley Mark
    Stanley Mark February 7, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Post Courier (PC) will have to apologize to PNG about this misleading and inaccurate article. When I saw the headline on 17 January, I didn’t buy the paper. Because that’s what PC wanted us to do – buy the paper for extra revenue. And I suspect, PC increased the number of prints for that day compared to other days. Interestingly, the topic of ‘porn’ sold big that day, and it would be interesting to know the total revenue generated that day.
    I also agree with Issac’s comments above. The data rate is very expensive, data access via 2G/3G in the highlands and many parts of this country even in the capital city like Port Moresby is very slow and unreliable at times. This makes it very hard to watch videos or download images online. Now, I am curious to know if people who type the word ‘porn’ actually have the patience to wait to download or watch online. Also, I’d like to know if Google Trend actually could give us data on porn (videos/images) DOWNLOADS, WATCHED, etc. so we can work on some real facts and figures. Maybe, some people type the word ‘porn’ and seeing that the results are taking time to load, they turn off or quit and switch to social media or other searches.
    Well, all PC did was to sell big at the expense of our good country. We need an apology!
    Thanks Amanda. PC should also publish your well-researched article.
    Even though you are Australian, you are a true Papua New Guinean!

    Cheers
    Stanley

  5. Henry
    Henry February 6, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Thanks Amanda,
    Post-Courier owes a public apology to PNG for sensationalizing unsubstantiated materials by Google Trends to brand us ‘porn searchers’. The least they could do is run your article (with your/ANU’s permission) in the paper.
    Cheers!

  6. Reilly Kanamon
    Reilly Kanamon February 3, 2017 at 5:13 pm

    Thank you Amanda for the nice analysis of the article and the issue discussed.
    I posted on Facebook branding the publication as media stunt to sell the paper without in-depth consideration to facts and knowledge on the subject by the journalist responsible and the editor.

    Such reporting continues to trashed the standard of Journalism in Papua New Guinea and the media fraternity and its role in development

  7. Emil Yambel
    Emil Yambel February 3, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Hi Amanda,
    I totally agree with your article, well researched and presented.
    Post Courier article was misleading, inaccurate and lacks proper researched skills.

    Thank you very much for making it clear in your Article.

  8. Benny Yoresongo
    Benny Yoresongo February 2, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks Amanda…. It was a clearcut poor journalism! And how it made it past the editor was anyone’s guess! Tehy need re-educating or report to general secriterial duties!

  9. Mangi kyaisa
    Mangi kyaisa February 1, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Thanks Amanda for these insights, although I know forthright that the PC article lacks substantiation, the great majority of pnguinean who don’t do extra research panicked too much.

    We could also say poor journalism skills & lack of investigative skills. The editor could be equally blamed as the primary author.

  10. Isaac
    Isaac February 1, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    I totally agree with the findings and the conclusion made saying that post courier is wrong and that is very true. The other fact that needs consideration is, if NICTA is saying that PNG has the lowest internet penetration or access rate in the pacific (even lower than some of the smaller pacific island countries), how comes PNG is rank highly for internet PON searches? As has been rightly alluded to by Amanda, our population is about 7.8 million and 70 – 80 percent of these people live in rural or very isolated arrears meaning that most of them don’t have access to internet or if they do have access through mobile phones, many are illiterate on internet. When comparing our population to many nations around the world, our population is nothing and how comes we can be accused of such when all other information available on the internet and points discussed above go against the allegation made? I totally don’t agree with the post courier report and it’s good that you (Amanda) have raised some valid points as well..

  11. Nelson Atip Nema
    Nelson Atip Nema February 1, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Thankyou Amanda for pointing out the basic facts when reporting . As an academic , the use of data and its source is very vital for research and reporting. Cleaning the data and verifying before reporting is very important . In this case , as you stated , data used by Post Courier is raw and misleading . This is not the first case Post Courier has misreported news through its misguided data – it has done it several times and Papua New Guinea is already aware of it. Your article confirms the careless behavior the media company has been doing.

    Thankyou once again.
    Nelson Atip Nema ( Economics Lecturer – UPNG)

  12. Kelly Wokam - UPNG
    Kelly Wokam - UPNG February 1, 2017 at 9:45 am

    Hi Amanda,
    I think your article was well researched, well written and interesting. Thanks for pointing out the inaccurate and misleading conclusions made in the Post Courier. I am glad to know that PNG is not full of porn-mad people after all, although some people in PNG may be perversely proud of such a ranking by Post Courier, however inaccurate it may be.
    Congratulations!

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