PRIME MINISTER, Manasseh Sogavare describes as cowards, anonymous insiders of Government.
Mr Sogavare said, this in reference to government officials who provided sources of information to media outlets about what they feel are corrupt and injustice decisions and actions government was embarking on as a matter of policy.
But the Prime Minister had condemned such officials branding them cowards whom he said, have no place in civilized organisations that believe in upholding the rules of confidentiality and respect for authority.
Mr Sogavare said, while government supports media freedom and it’s important role of keeping this nation informed of what is happening, quite unfortunately not all reports are factual and as a matter of fact tainted with bad politics.
He said, in that context they are not doing any good for the country.
The Prime Minister said, “if we do not check bad reporting, we will be in danger of creating a society that will learn to have no respect for authorities and a tendency to believe anything they read.
“I am saying this because no one should underestimate the power of the pen as the saying goes,” he said.
He said misleading information supplied by so called insiders in the PM’s office and government who frequented the office of the two newspapers clearly have ulterior motives and agendas to pursue.
“My office is now working on identifying these so called insiders and the feedbacks have been very interesting and shocking,” he said.
Mr Sogavare reiterated on the statement by the Opposition Leader Jeremiah Manele, which states that it is the enemy within, that is more dangerous and if anything happens to the DCC government it will be triggered by internal squabbles over petty politics and selfish agendas.
“My last appeal to people who nature such agenda is to put national interest over our little factional interests and learn to grow up in politics, otherwise we should reconsider why we seek employment with the Government or be in politics at all,” he stressed.
Prime Minister Sogavare concluded; “if we are to move forward in the implementation of the decisions taken by this Parliament through the Executive Government the attitude of ganging up on people we believe are hindrances to our personal agendas in government must be removed.”
By AATAI JOHN