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Family upset over treatment of late journo

Family members of the late EMTV journalist Lindy Suharupa have expressed their disappointment with how they were treated by the management team from Media Niugini Limited.

The EMTV management late in the afternoon in a short response to media queries stated that they will not be responding to any questions in regards to the family’s press conference held yesterday afternoon.

Late Lindy passed away about two weeks ago on her way to seek medical treatment at the Paradise Private Hospital in Port Moresby.

According to the family, she died of a cardiac arrest while suffering from an acute asthma attack.

Her husband Michael Naiye explained that the family expected that the company would

contribute some amount of money to help take her back to Popondetta for burial, however nothing was given apart from a K3, 000 staff contribution from her fellow colleagues.

“I got a call yesterday to from the Human Resources department to finally meet with the management at Telikom Rumana.

I went straight to see them thinking that they were calling to see how they could help me with her repatriation expenses,” he said.

“To my surprise, I was told bluntly that the company had done its part with the K3,000 contribution from its staff.

I was also told that an application form also submitted to the insurance company (named) to access funds was declined because my wife failed to declare that she had a medical condition.”

“I am deeply saddened by how her body has been treated, especially when she gave everything she had to her work, and also her effective contributions fortnightly towards the insurance company (named).”

“She was practically married to her work, often leaving us very early in the morning, and coming back after hours in the night for the past one and half year. Considering her senior position as a news producer, I expected that at least they would consider giving some money to help with her repatriation..”

“I pray that what happened to my late wife does not happen to any of you in the future,” he said.

Lindy is survived by her husband and two children Jason and Rikeleah.

Her body will be repatriated to Oro on Saturday with help from friends and family.