GAY RIGHTS GET A MIGHTY BOOST IN PNG WITH JUSTIN TKATCHENKO'S 'DECLINE TO DECLARE SLANDEROUS AND LIBELOUS'
by JAMES PERA KINAP THE STATEMENT THAT HE IS A "FAMOUS HOMOSEXUAL MP". When the PNG Blogs posting came out on 19th December seemingly connecting Tkatchenko with a Malaysian woman who had overstayed her visa, it included what potentially could have been a much much more slanderous, libelous and defamatory implication - that Justin Tkatchenko was also being referred to on the posting as a "famous homosexual MP". If there was anything on that PNG Blogs posting that could damage an MPs reputation in the kind of cultural environment that operates in PNG, it would be the declaration that he or she was a homosexual. If there was one false allegation on the PNG Blogs posting that would infuriate Justin Tkatchenko, it would be a false declaration that he was a "famous homosexual MP". There would be no possibility of overlooking that statement by Tkatchenko. There are few countries in the world today where anti-gay sentiments are higher than in PNG, althou