Speaking during the UN AIDS and UN Women media awards night, his eminence stressed on recognising the efforts of journalists and linking to the work of churches in relation to HIV and AIDS in society.
“Seeing what the journalists are doing, you encourage us to be with you and help you to bring the message out clearly to the people of PNG, knowing that we are united to address these recurring issues in the country.”
He thanked the UN AIDS and UN Women for the great effort in recognising the work of the journalists, adding that this issue should not just be for a group of people or individuals to fight and seek justice for.
“It should be a combined effort for the rest of PNG and all organisations who strive for justice to prevail in a democratic society.”
Cardinal Ribat adds that this should encourage us to come together with that one aim to address issues affecting our people in our own communities.
Coinciding with the World AIDS Day on December 1, the UN AIDS and UN Women held an event to award journalists in their efforts in reporting about GBV and HIV and AIDS in Papua New Guinea.
“Hear My Voice! My Story!" was the theme for the event, where 5 outstanding journalists were recognised.
(Sir John Cardinal Ribat)