News Corp among Namaliu’s farewell messages – for ‘free, fearless media’

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Today's PNG Post-Courier front page featuring the final farewell to the late former prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu
Today's PNG Post-Courier front page featuring the final farewell to the late former prime minister Sir Rabbie Namaliu. Image: Post-Courier screenshot APR

By Gorethy Kenneth in Port Moresby

The late Sir Rabbie Namaliu’s character and his humble leadership featured well in one of Australia’s top news organisations –– News Corp Australia and its executive chairman Michael Miller has paid a tribute.

Businessman Frank Kramer, reading out a special eulogy from the business point of view reflecting on the life of Sir Rabbie at the National Haus Krai on Sunday night repeatedly echoed the man he was.

In his address, he read out Miller’s condolence message sent to the family and friends of the late Sir Rabbie among others.

Sir Rabbie joined the Post-Courier board as a director on February 2013 and had been there until he died on March 31, 2023.

Miller’s message read: “On behalf of everyone at News Corp Australia, I’d like to express our deepest condolences to Sir Rabbie’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.

“Sir Rabbie lived a rich life dedicated to public service and to the people of PNG.

“He will be missed but never forgotten and will, especially, be remembered for the quiet authority he brought to PNG’s often robust political scene and for the strong, eloquent and unflinching advocacy made on behalf of his people as prime minister and in many other roles in government and public life.

“Sir Rabbie was a patriot, a good friend to many and as a director of the board of the Post-Courier, [he] did much to further the cause of free speech and the importance to his country’s fledgling democracy of a free and fearless media.”

Gorethy Kenneth is a senior PNG Post-Courier reporter. Republished with permission.

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