"A FREE PRESS IS A KEY FOUNDATION OF DEMOCRACY - We must jealously guard it!" - said NCD Governor Powes Parkop via a press statement today.
Parkop is the latest to join voices raised over Media Niugini Ltd's suspension of senior EmTV journalist Scott Waide.
"I personally know Scott Waide and have followed his work and development over the years. I have found him to be a passionate, critical but very fair journalist.
I have seen his recent passion to highlight issues facing our country including the issue of teachers pay or salary and can only see it as responsible journalist taking and highlighting issues which might not get attention without such courage and coverage.
Such passionate professional should be encouraged and not suppressed or limited.
I have been advised by CEO of EMTV that they will not make a statement at this time.
Kumul Telikom Holdings Board will release a statement today I am advised.
I hope this matter is resolved soon so any infringement on freedom of press is not allowed to stand.
I support fully freedom of the press. We also are entitled to and should also demand a responsible media."