If you didn't laugh at the following article, you would have to cry. The Post-Courier are now acknowledging they are glorified stenographers for Exxon Mobil, publishing press releases as news.
Note the opening statement of 'facts', followed by the embarrassing qualification, "this is according to a media release yesterday from Port Moresby". Well at least the Post-Courier are now owning up to it.
However, when a company proclaims a fact, surely it isn't the journalist's job to act as a glorified parrot? Surely their job is to get out into the field and actually talk to the people, to the women on the ground to see if all these grandiose claims are true?
If you want to save time, you can easily not read the following story and simply go to the original press release: http://pnglng.com/media/pdfs/media_releases/media_release20111130_PNGLNG3Q2011.pdf
LNG aids women
Post-Courier, Friday, 2 December 2011
THE multi-billion kina PNG LNG project is providing opportunities to empower Papua New Guinea women in the establishment of community development initiatives in areas throughout the PNG LNG project in its commitment to empowering women.
This is according to a media release yesterday from Port Moresby.
According to the LNG project's third quarter 2011 environmental and social report features many examples of women helping to drive the country's economy with support from the LNG project.
PNG LNG project executive Ms Decie Autin said the LNG project recognises that women are important to the workforce, communities and the nation.
"In addition to the 900 Papua New Guinean women who are part of the PNG LNG project workforce, women are engaged in establishing a broad range of community development initiatives in areas such as education, health and safety, and community infrastructure.
"The project also continues to support many initiatives to help empower PNG women and support women's groups this quarter."