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Blogger and former community relations officer defends OK Tedi

Blogger and former community relations officer defends OK Tedi

Updated 2 April 2013, 11:14 AEST

In Papua New Guinea, a young blogger and award-winning writer says he feels compelled to reveal what he says is the truth about the controversial OK Tedi mine in the country's Western Province.

In a recent blog post, Martyn Namorong wrote of his experience on a six-month contract with the copper and gold mine, as a community relations officer.

He says it was "overwhelmingly positive" and has defended the mine against the "hot air" of some negative media reports, arguing that most of the mine's environmental "damage has been done".

Martyn Namorong says getting community consent for mine-life extension was one of the most difficult tasks.

Presenter: Campbell Cooney

Speaker: Martyn Namorong, former OK Tedi mine community relations officer

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