Australia: PNG minister suing Australian Financial Review for defamation over allegation of corruption

Papua New Guinea’s commerce minister is suing the Australian Financial Review over a series of articles about a multinational oil company’s dealings in the small Pacific nation, court documents show.

Earlier this year, the AFR published a series of articles about ASX-listed Horizon Oil’s dealings in PNG in 2011, which named William Duma, the former minister for petroleum and current commerce minister.

Duma strenuously denied any suggestion of impropriety and is suing Fairfax Media, now owned by Nine Entertainment, in the federal court, saying the newspaper defamed him by implying he was corrupt, according to court documents.

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