Papua New Guinea Reporter Undergoes Circumcision to Get the Scoop

By: Jonathan Pearlman |

The journalist, Simon Eroro, won the annual in-house award run by News Limited – Rupert Murdoch’s Australian arm – for a story which required him to cross rivers and jungles to reach a group of rebels, only to be told he must first agree to the circumcision as part of a cleansing ceremony. Mr Eroro agreed – and got the interviews.

In his subsequent reporting for the Post-Courier newspaper, Mr Eroro exposed the cross-border movements of Free West Papua militants from Indonesia into Papua New Guinea.

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