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I know you guys as just too curious to not read it. lol. All I can say is, OUCH!
A Papua New Guinea reporter who agreed to be circumcised with bamboo sticks to secure an interview with a group of jungle rebels has won a journalism award for “best scoop”.
By Jonathan Pearlman, Sydney
9:16AM GMT 07 Nov 2011
The journalist, Simon Eroro, won the annual in-house award run by News Limited - Rupert Murdoch’s Australian arm - for a story which required him to cross rivers and jungles to reach a group of rebels, only to be told he must first agree to the circumcision as part of a cleansing ceremony. Mr Eroro agreed – and got the interviews.
In his subsequent reporting for the Post-Courier newspaper, Mr Eroro exposed the cross-border movements of Free West Papua militants from Indonesia into Papua New Guinea. The judges of News Ltd's Scoop of the Year prize said the reports had led to a major police operation to tighten the borders.
"The impact of Simon's scoop was enormous; the police commissioner launched a major operation to tighten the borders and close down the [Free West Papua] refugee camps," the judges said.
At an award ceremony in Sydney attended by Mr Murdoch, Mr Eroro thanked his wife and his editors for “trusting me and engaging me on that assignment".
The Free West Papua rebels have been fighting for the independence of the remote Indonesian provinces of Papua and West Papua. Journalists are rarely granted access to the region. Some of the rebels still closely observe traditional customs, including wearing penis gourds, with the sizes varying according to status.
Mr Murdoch said at the awards night that the recent phone hacking scandal had been his company’s most difficult episode.
"Tonight, I have witnessed many examples of great journalism," he said. "It is the backbone of what makes News Limited a great company."
Mr Murdoch’s Australian arm has not been linked to any of the troubles associated with its British counterpart. However, the phone hacking revelations prompted the Australian company to review all editorial expenses by staff in the past three years.
Australia’s Labor Government has been highly critical of the editorial stance of some of Mr Murdoch’s newspapers and has launched a media inquiry which begins this week.
The chairman of News Limited, John Hartigan, told the awards ceremony the company had been forced to endure “unprecedented and unwarranted slurs on our integrity”.
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I've heard of putting your balls on the line at work, but thats rediculous.
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Has infection written all over it.
It's a new version of giving your all for the job.
I heard there was no fee charged for the actual procedure, the group that did it works for tips.
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Circumcision with bamboo sticks. Sounds really fuckin pleasant, right?
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