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Australian journalist slams lack of PNG-quake Pacific coverage

07 March 2018

Posted in: Pacific Radio News,

By Lisa Lahari-Williams -

The rising death toll from Papua New Guinea's recent 7.5 magnitude earthquake has been making headlines across the world, but not so much from its first world neighbour Australia. 

Photo/ Twitter - Julianne Hickey.

The lack of coverage and interest has been slammed by Brisbane-based journalist Sean Dorney, who has reported from Papua New Guinea and across the Pacific for over four decades. 

He slams the media reports and interest in the still-unfolding disaster and humanitarian response on Australia's doorstep and challenges news journalists in his country to get back to the stories in their backyard.

"Unfortunately it's a mindset in the Australian media that the Pacific somehow doesn't matter," he says. "It's particularly galling when that applies to Papua New Guinea because Australia ran Papua New Guinea for 70 years." 

"If you read the Australian newspapers now you wouldn't believe there had been any connections whatsoever."

Sean Dorney. Photo/ ABC News.

Tags: Australia, Papua New Guinea,