Sunday, 03rd May 2020
Prime Minister James Marape will appear on the National Broadcasting Corporation Radio and Television as well as EMTV, Digicel TV and other radio stations tomorrow night , Monday 4 May 2020, to discuss COVID 19 and related economic and social issues.
The Question & Answer program was aired on NBC TV/Radio on Friday night with the Police Minister Bryan Kramer and Police Commissioner and SOE Controller David Manning, Health Minister Jelta Wong and acting Secretary and Deputy Controller, Dr Paison Dakulala.
It continues tonight with Department of Education Officials discussing the start of the secondary and primary school which begins tomorrow Monday 4 May.
Controller Manning said this is an important initiative of the SOE Joint Agency Task Force to manage the misinformation and counter misleading information going to the public especially on social media.
“The Prime Minister will on Monday discuss in general ,the government’s approach to the COVID-19 pandemic and its efforts in addressing the effects of the pandemic.
“This program will go on during the SOE on TV and radio stations throughout the country ,” Mr Manning said.
He urged citizens to watch and listen to this program as it is important for people to fully understand the COVID 19 pandemic, and to remain calm while the government carefully assesses the development of this new virus that is affecting almost all countries, with many deaths and seriously affecting respective economies.
Letters have also been sent to relevant government departments and agencies to take part in this program to discuss their plans in handling COVID -19.
The radio and television program will be broadcast every evening from 7.30 pm and is hosted by NBC broadcaster Steven Mase and award winning experienced senior regional journalist, Joseph Ealedona.
Mr Manning urged the media to report with responsibility and caution on the COVID 19 issue , as it is sensitive and one that affects all people regardless of status, sex and race , and an issue that can cause great distress and anxiety.
“As the World celebrates Media Freedom Day, I thank all journalists and media workers for your tireless work in reporting about this pandemic. “ You are amongst front line workers and while you do your job, consider your safety at all times as it your defense against spreading the virus to your family and loved ones.
“ We will not restrict or censure your job as speculated by some but we will only urge you to be responsible and work with us in our combined efforts to keep our country safe, ” Mr Manning said.
For media contact: Chief Superintendent Dominic D. Kakas, BEM, DPS
Team Leader – COVID-19 Media & Public Information Joint Agency Task Force
Mobile: 75430557: Email: email@example.com