REINSTATED: Thank you PNG & the many friends who stood up for me

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Dear all,

Over the last 48 hours, I have been very  humbled by the incredible support my family and I have received from people  both here and abroad.   Support also came from friends in the media,  academia, law enforcement, the military and many other circles too many to name.

I have since been reinstated to my job as Deputy Regional Head of News at EMTV

I wish to thank our media friends here and overseas, especially.  Thank you for your support and your words of encouragement.    Thank you to my immediate and extended  family and to  the strangers who offered support and words of encouragement in Port Moresby,  Lae and remote parts of PNG.

My news teams both in Port Moresby, Lae, Kokopo, Madang and Mt. Hagen  demonstrated the highest level of professionalism and maturity by remaining away from everything that has happened.  I am proud to lead this team of young journalists,  camera operators and support staff.

A great many thanks  also to management of EMTV and CEO for working through this very trying time despite the challenges and pressures. A very special thank you to Head of News, Neville Choi and the powerful, Sincha Dimara.  (I apologize if I missed out anyone.)

I was suspended on Sunday 18th November, on the last day of the APEC meetings.  The  reasons for the suspensions are now  public knowledge and  I do not wish to dwell too much on them.

However, I do wish to make the following points:

  1. Papua New Guinea is a democracy and the media is free to hold those in authority to account. This means highlighting flaws in policy and making sure mis

  2. takes are pointed out and corrected. It is an essential part of our democracy.

  3. There should NEVER be any interference at the operational level by board members. The media is an institution of democracy and must remain free and independent.  It is our constitutional right to report AND be critical.

  4. Journalists of “state owned” media are NOT government public relations officers nor are media organizations PR machines.

  5. EMTV is “State owned” which means the PEOPLE own this company through their elected government.

  6. Journalism is an art… and art and creativity cannot operate in an environment of suppression and fear.

Papua New Guinea is a critical moment of its history with the growth and influence of China, US-China trade tensions and  challenges within our own country.

We are a largely  rural nation. Many of our people  still have no access to basic services.

We will continue to promote critical,  proactive  and transparent journalism.  The people’s voice has to be heard and the media must remain as the conduit and platform for opinions and debate and those who cannot accept it MUST step aside and let progress happen.

-Scott Waide

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6 thoughts on “REINSTATED: Thank you PNG & the many friends who stood up for me

  1. I am relieved you are back, and continuing the excellent work. Please use the momentum well to strengthen the postiion of all journalists in PNG.
    Journalists and academic are the first victims when a government is trying to established an autocracy. The points you are making for journalists in state-owned media, are exactly same for academics in state-owned universities. Regrettably, since the higher education act 2014, the government has been interfering with the appointment of Chancellors and Vice Chancellors, without being submitted to any form of regulation. Moreover, the SRCs at UPNG and UNITECH have been suspended indefinitely.
    The root of all this can be found in the covering up who gave the order to shoot at peacefully demonstrating students on the UPNG campus on 8 June 2016

    . On the UNITECH campus a riot ensued:


    Vice Chancellor John Warren at UNRE, and myself were expelled from the country, after our Councils interfered with rather straightforward administrative and academic decisions, previously approved by the Academic Board. This is completely unacceptable and was deplored by Scholars at Risk (the organization championing academic freedom), and widely published in the international media (see below)
    For those who still believe I was expelled for not having academic credentials: Dr. Albert Schram Official Records PhD http://cadmus.eui.eu/handle/1814/5972, and
    Cambridge University Press book: http://www.cambridge.org/it/academic/subjects/history/european-history-after-1450/railways-and-formation-italian-state-nineteenth-century?format=HB&isbn=9780521571593. This was only an excuse.
    It is a pity the same degree of popular support in PNG did not emerge in May and June when two Vice Chancellors were expelled from the country. Fortunately, several journalists in Australia, the UK and Italy ran the story. We need to stand up for the constitutional and human right of freedom of expression, without a free press and academic freedom democracy in PNG is doomed.
    Dr. Albert Schram
    Former Vice Chancellor UNITECH
    Vice Chancellor Schram´s wrongful dismissal, arbitrary arrest, unlawful detention, and malicious prosecution:
    ABC Radio
    http://www.abc.net.au/radio-australia/programs/pacificbeat/png-schram/10282662
    The Australian 1
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/png-vicechancellor-albert-schram-charged-with-false-pretence/news-story/27f51e82a24e9f67fddaa294dce40174 (paywall)
    The Austalian 2:
    https://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/second-foreign-vicechancellor-runs-into-strife-in-png/news-story/bbbaa39241cf2696f051b5d95f5a194bTimes Higher Education article 1:
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/former-v-c-arrested-return-papua-new-guinea (paywall)
    Times Higher Education article 2
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/expatriate-v-c-flees-papua-new-guinea-fearing-his-life
    Times Higher Education article 3
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ousted-vice-chancellor-may-never-return-papua-new-guinea
    Times Higher Education article 4:
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/exiled-v-c-fights-to-return-to-papua-new-guinea/2012196.article
    Australian National University blog 1:
    http://www.devpolicy.org/albert-schrams-arrest-20180513/
    Australian National University blog 2:
    http://www.devpolicy.org/albert-schrams-arrest-20180513/
    http://www.devpolicy.org/papua-new-guinea-loses-another-vice-chancellor-20180820-2/
    ANU lecture on failing governance reform:
    https://devpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au/news-events/events/7612/university-reform-papua-new-guinea-unitech-experience
    Minister Arore investment that never came:
    http://www.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=20130712171327182
    Expulsion of UNRE Vice Chancellor Prof. John Warren:
    Times Higher 1:
    https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/expatriate-v-c-flees-papua-new-guinea-fearing-his-life
    Telegraph UK 1:
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/09/22/professor-took-cheats-forced-fleepapua-new-guinea-university/

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  2. Scott thank you for being so brave to come out standing for silent majority of Papua New Guineans.
    If we r to expose our country through such as APEC or having to host international events, we need to also be very transparent and have all leaders come out and expose and stand and speak out together clearly. And so media plays an important role to expose out development status. I salute you Scott and the team . Scott our great God will never fail you it’s just the devil’s tricks and lies, trying to bring fear in you so the good job you r doing comes to cease, however God will always blessed those who stand for justice. God blessed Western Province and PNG
    Rody Ukin snr

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