The Washington DC-based Foreign Policy publication, in its edition last September, lists
The Foreign Policy website (www.foreignpolicy.com) , on which the listing is still available, says when it comes to brutal, homicidal violence, these five cities stand in a class of their own.
The publication said Caracas, which has a population of 3.2 million, had a murder rate of 130 per 100,000 residents, Cape Town had 3.5 million people and a murder rate of 62 per 100,000 residents, New Orleans had 220,000 people and a murder rate of 67 per 100,000 residents, Moscow had 10.4 million people and a murder rate of 9.6 per 100,000 residents, while Port Moresby had a population of 254,000 (2000 population census) and a murder rate of 54 per 100,000 people.
A spate of murders in recent weeks, especially the brutal killing of businessman Sir George Constantinou on Dec 16 and Air Niugini pilot Timothy Houji on New Year’s Day, would give critics little to argue against this very negative ranking.
But Mr Baki yesterday expressed disappointment at the ranking, especially when
He questioned the validity of Foreign Policy magazine’s listing of the world murder capitals.
“As commissioner of
“I have been a law enforcement officer for more than 35 years and I know, for a fact, that we have not had 54 murders in
“In fact, our annual average nationwide was much less,” Mr Baki said.
“It would be interesting to know the magazine’s source of its 2004 figures.”
He said the magazine also did not clearly indicate which year’s murder rates were used in its comparison exercise.
“These facts will have an overall bearing on the end results, especially for anyone making a comparative analysis such as that done by the Foreign Policy magazine.
“The report is grossly unfair on
“There is no denying that PNG has a serious law and order problem.
“But, PNG and its problems cannot be compared with the four major cities
Foreign Policy’s article
Population: 254,200 (2000 census)
Murder rate: 54 per 100,000 (2004 figure)
What’s happening: The capital of island country