When it came to investigating the prolonged suffering of communities affected by the Tumbi landslide, the Post-Courier were nowhere to be found. When Mobile Squad officers were alleged to have opened fire on PNG LNG employees, not a peep. But when ExxonMobil issue a media release, the Post-Courier seems to excel at publishing them word for word as 'news'.
Here are some past examples exposed by LNG Watch:
- 8 December 2011: Post-Courier - Publishing Press Releases as News ... Again.
- 9 December 2011: 'LNG aids women', The Post-Courier aids LNG!
Sadly this tradition continues. Here is some more Post-Courier style plagiarism, published on 13 April 2012.
The ExxonMobil Media Release
The Post-Courier 'Report'
After one year in Japan, nine young PNG engineers have returned home to a new job with the PNG LNG Project.
“This experience has prepared me for the challenges that lie ahead,” electrical engineer Cain Desiang reported.
Mr Desiang is referring to the comprehensive training he received from Chiyoda-JGC Joint Venture (CJJV) Project instructors in Yokohama in preparation for the new job that he and the others started at the LNG Plant Site on 1 March. CJJV is the contractor responsible for building the LNG Plant outside of Port Moresby.
The local engineers started their training at the Chiyoda Yokohama head office in February 2011. For the first two months they learnt basics for all elements of LNG plant engineering including Safety, Health and Environment, LNG Process, Utility Process, Piping and Instruments, Pre-Commissioning and Commissioning, Procurement, Construction, and Engineering IT.
After two months, they were assigned to each engineering department to start their on-the-job training from the basics in disciplines such as piping, mechanical, electrical, instrument, project control and quality control.
Along with these new skills and knowledge, the young engineers have gained confidence to succeed in their careers.
“The most important thing learned during training is to be committed and to have a willing heart to do my best in any assigned task,” Mr Desiang said.
“And that is, if I continue to be committed and strive to do my utmost best, I will gain valuable knowledge and experience which may be the solid foundation for any future aspirations.”
Joyce Kopunye, mechanical engineer – static equipment, agreed, saying the training taught her the engineering activities required to effectively and safely perform her job in PNG.
“This experience has provided me the opportunity to be part of a world class project and has been beneficial in expanding my knowledge base about LNG processing and production,” Ms Kopunye said.
“I believe that with the next two years experience in construction, I will have a bright and promising future in the oil and gas industry.”
Tetsuo Fukuda, Training Coordinator at Chiyoda Yokohama Head Office, coordinated the program. In the year that he and the Chiyoda team spent with the PNG engineers, Mr Fukuda said the team was “impressed by their high motivation, their capacity to study hard, their good manners, great pride and warm hearts.”
Mr Fukuda spent time with the group learning about their way of life in PNG and teaching them about Japanese culture.
“This training helped us to understand Papua New Guineans and their culture. Also, some of them helped our rugby club to get victories. All Japanese who spent time with them came to like them,” he said.
Mr Fukuda said he hopes the young engineers will further enhance their skills and capabilities in their new roles and make the most of their opportunities.
“We would like them to play an active role in the engineering industry in PNG or the world,” he said.
That is something Mr Desiang definitely has in mind.
“My goal is to continue work and contribute towards the development of the oil and gas industry in PNG and maybe overseas,” he said.