The Indonesian President-elect Joko Widodo promised to open West Papua to foreign journalists and non-government organisations if he won the election. "Why not? It's safe here in Papua," he was quoted as saying. "There's nothing to hide." The security forces obviously think otherwise. ("French journalists arrested in West Papua face five years' jail", September 9). The arrests of journalists is a test of how serious the incoming president is about reform in West Papua. The security forces have a lot of interests in the territory (legal and illegal). Jokowi (as he is popularly known) is treading on dangerous ground.
Joe Collins Australia West Papua Association Mosman
2) No fatalities reported in Papua`s plane accident
Selasa, 9 September 2014 23:38 WIB | 325 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - No fatalities have been reported following Enggang Aircrafts accident while landing at the Mulia Airstrip in the Papuan highlands of Puncak Jaya on Tuesday afternoon, according to police.
"There are no fatalities. All the 10 passengers, pilot, and copilot are fine," chief of the Puncak Jaya district police Adj. Snr. Comr. Marcelis reported when contacted from the Papuan provincial capital Jayapura on Tuesday evening.
Marcelis said the plane overshot the runway while landing at the Mulia Airstrip in Puncak Jaya District at around 12.45 eastern Indonesian time.
"According to the pilot, the plane overshot the runway after being hit by strong winds, leaving its left front wheel and right wing broken," he said.
However, the pilot managed to control the plane, so that the accident claimed no lives, he noted.
The plane piloted by Jose (45) and copiloted by Sung Il Min (36) crash landed about 400 meters from the end of the landing strip.
All the 11 passengers and crew have been taken to the Mulia regional general hospital for medical examination.
Air crashes are common in Papua, which, along with neighboring West Papua Province, relies heavily on air transportation.(*)