11/08/2011 10:31 am ET Updated Jan 08, 2012

Journalist Simon Eroro Agrees To Circumcision To Get Scoop

For some people, a job is just that. Then, there's Simon Eroro, the Papua New Guinea journalist who agreed to be circumcised with bamboo sticks to snag an interview with jungle rebels.

Eroro, who writes for the Post-Courier newspaper in Papua New Guinea, won the award for "best scoop" from the Australian arm of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. Eroro's reporting on the migration of militants from Indonesia to Papua New Guinea was credited with a major border operation.

The Telegraph reports that Eroro had "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." He gained access to rebels in a remote region who rarely speak to journalists.

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