Friday, October 24, 2014

1) French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

2) 39 Foreign Journalists Have Covered Papua and West Papua This Year: Ministry Official
3) Women and oil palm in an investment region

4) Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua
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1) French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

Updated at 8:27 pm on 24 October 2014


Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists have been convicted for misusing their tourist visas to work in Papua but will be freed on Monday.
Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were arrested in August for working as journalists in Papua illegally and put on trial this week.
The prosecution asked for the two to be jailed for four months for the visa breach which can be punished with up to five years imprisonment.
French media reports say the court in Jayapura sentenced them to two and a half in prison - a term, which will see them free on Monday.
The two were working for the German-French television station, Arte.
Their arrest was denounced by media organisation and human rights groups, with Human Rights Watch saying the Indonesia's chokehold on Papua media coverage has effectively turned foreign journalism in the province into a criminal activity.
A foreign ministry official has said foreign journalists who intended to report from across Indonesia must apply for a permit to the Indonesian representative in the countries where they come from.
The official says 18 ministries and related institutions are involved in the process of issuing a permit.



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2) 39 Foreign Journalists Have Covered Papua and West Papua This Year: Ministry Official


Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian government has issued permit for 39 foreign journalists to undertake journalistic activities in Papua and West Papua provinces since last year, said a Foreign Ministry official.
Only nine foreign journalists were refused permission to cover Papua since  2013, said Siti Sofia Sudarma, the ministry’s Director of Information and Media from the Directorate of Information and Public Diplomacy, who testified in the trial of two French journalists in the Jayapura District Court on Wednesday (22/10).
“They were allowed to cover all issues in Papua and West Papua including political issues,” she said, showing the data to reporters.
The French journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat, are on trial charged with violating Article 122 on immigration. They could face 5 years in prison.
Meanwhile, the witness Doni Alfisyahrin, the Head of Visitor Visa Division of the Directorate General of Immigration explained the difference between visitor visa and tourism visas.
“A visitor visa allow the person to carry out journalistic activities. It is possible to extend it  four times up to 30 days at the local Immigration Office. A tourist visa doesn’t,” said Alfisyahrin.
He said only certain foreigners could freely use visitor visas, depending on diplomatic relations with Indonesia. “Many European countries have diplomatic relations with Indonesia and France is included,” he said.
However, Victor Mambor, Chairman of AJI Kota Jayapura said detail clarification is needed. “Is it true 39 foreign journalists were allowed cover the issues in Papua? It is true that some of them got permission to cover political issues, such as Mark Davit. But I have to say he was strictly watched while doing his reporting,” said Mambor.
Additionally, he said most foreign journalists who came to Papua only got permission to report on tourism issues such as events in Raja Ampat Island, or Lembah Baliem Festival or about the handover of Japanese soldiers’ skeleton. “But, it’s not only about getting permits or not, but the process is too long and complicated. It may be called clearing house. The government must be aware, if the permit takes too  long, they will lose their momentum,” said Mambor. (Indrayadi TH/rom)


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3) Women and oil palm in an investment region

DTE 99-100, October 2014
A view from Suskun Village, Papua.
By Yuliana Langowuyo, director of SKPKC Fransiskan Papua, who has been visiting the community in Susun Village at least once a month since 2011 to carry out research and provide assistance.


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4) Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:43 AEST
The central theme of many surf movies is the search for an undiscovered wave in an exotic location.
That was supposed to be the idea when a group of surfers landed in Indonesia's resitve province of Papua to shoot the film "Isolated".
But after spending time with villagers along remote stretches of coastline it turned into a human rights documentary.
Presenter: Liam Fox
Speaker: Justin LePera, the director of Isolated


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