Post-Courier boycotts budget after Govt snub

PAPUA New Guinea’s leading daily newspaper, the Post-Courier, has refused to cover the national government’s 2009 Budget announcement, Radio New Zealand International reported.

The omission comes in protest after the paper was banned from the media lock up at the Budget launch on Tuesday.

The Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch imposed the restriction after the Post-Courier published most of the Budget’s contents from a leaked article at the weekend, editor Blaise Nangoi said, according to the report.

Mr Nangoi said: “We just decided we are not going to run the budget in [any] shape or form, even the Opposition reply which is general due a week after the presentation of the Budget to Parliament. We are just staying completely clear.”

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