Wednesday, May 27, 2015

1) Military Said to Hunt Armed Papuan Group for Allegedly Kidnapping Soldiers

2) Indonesia should penalize reporters for biased news on Papua: Journalist
3) Fiji opposition labels Bainimarama's support for Indonesian MSG bid "outrageous"
4) Press freedom in Papua  expected to lead to positive  reporting -
5) Victor Yeimo : OPM Threats of War Were Exaggerated
6) Papua administration creates  spatial management system 
7) Jokowi Inaugurates West Papua Deputy Governor, Bakamla Chief
8) Clearing House Renamed Foreign Affairs Monitoring Team
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1) Military Said to Hunt Armed Papuan Group for Allegedly Kidnapping Soldiers

Jakarta. The Indonesian military vows to hunt down an armed group that allegedly has kidnapped two soldiers in Papua although the soldiers managed to run away afterward, according to a media report.
“The military will look for what we suspect is an armed separatist group,” Brig. Gen. Wuryanto, spokesman for the Indonesian army, said on Wednesday, as quoted by news portal Tempo.co.
The military will search a group led by Demianus Magai Yogi that allegedly abducted two soldiers in Enarotali, Papua early on Tuesday morning.

“Demianus is armed and has a few followers,” Wuryanto was quoted as saying by Tempo.co. “They only have a few stolen firearms; they mostly used homemade guns.”
Second Sgt. Lery and 2nd Pvt. Sholeh were allegedly kidnapped while riding a speedboat to run errands with some local residents. The soldiers ran into the armed group that suddenly held them at gunpoint.
The group released the locals but took both men to a nearby elementary school. The group temporarily also kept teachers at the school as hostage but later decided to release them. Lery and Sholeh managed to escape by jumping into the rivers and hiding for a few hours on Wednesday morning.
Wuryanto told Tempo.co that he believed the armed group had not planned the kidnapping. “It seems like the incident happened spontaneously,” he was quoted as saying by the news portal, adding that the military was still investigating the motive behind the kidnapping

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2) Indonesia should penalize reporters for biased news on Papua: Journalist

Rabu, 27 Mei 2015 07:24 WIB | 1.186 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The executive director of Indonesian news agency Antara, Saiful Hadi, said that Indonesia should penalize journalists, including those from abroad, who broadcast biased and imbalanced news about Papua.

"We should subject journalists to a strict penalty if they broadcast news on Papua that is based on fictive information and data," he stated here on Tuesday.

Hadi added that the penalty issue is related to the governments policy on providing foreign journalists open access to enter Papua.

The form of penalty to be given should be discussed with the Indonesian Press Council with the hope that journalists, including foreigners, maintain professionalism in their reporting.

Hadi pointed out that the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Tedjo Edhy Purdijanto had also said that the foreign journalists would be allowed enter Papua and West Papua on the condition that they avoid slander that tarnishes Indonesias image.

One way to reduce reporting biased news is to improve the abilities of public relations officers of local administrations so journalists get valid information and data, he suggested.

"This way, news about Papua will be balanced and positive," Hadi affirmed.

Imbalanced reporting was one of the reasons the Indonesian government severely limited the arrival of foreign journalists to Papua, besides safety factors and indications of support for the separatist movement in the province.

"The provinces of Papua and West Papua are part of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia, and the subject is no longer debatable, according to the UN General Assembly Resolution Number 2504 of November 19, 1969," he emphasized.

Moreover, regarding the sanctions for domestic and foreign journalists, the Indonesian Press Council encourages people to take action in accordance with the code of ethics and Law Number 40 of 1999 on the press.

"We have put forward the right to answers and correction," a member of the press council I Made Ray Karuna Wijaya said.

The Indonesian government has given freedom to foreign journalists to cover all areas of Papua, including the Papua and West Papua provinces.

This policy was announced by President Joko Widodo on Sunday, May 10, long after Indonesia prevented foreign reporters from covering Papua.(*) 
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3) Fiji opposition labels Bainimarama's support for Indonesian MSG bid "outrageous"
Updated 27 May 2015, 11:45 AEST
The opposition in Fiji has labelled Prime Minister Frank Bainimarama's support for Indonesia to become an associate member of the Melanesian Spearhead Group as outrageous.
On the sidelines of the recent Pacific leaders meeting in Japan, Mr Bainimarama said engagement with Indonesia was the best way to handle issues of abuse in Papua province.
But opposition spokesman Mick Beddoes says bringing Indonesia into the fold would leave West Papuan independence activists out in the cold.
Presenter: Richard Ewart
Speaker: Mick Beddoes, Fiji Opposition spokesman

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4) Press freedom in Papua  expected to lead to positive  reporting -
The Jakarta Post | National | Wed, May 27 2015, 2:36 PM -
Freedom of the press in Papua will allow foreign journalists to freely cover the area and will lead to positive news reporting about Papua, according to the Indonesian Press Council.
"Freedom of the press offers an opportunity to explain to the public about Papua's real situation," member of the press council I Made Ray Karuna Wijaya said in Jakarta on Tuesday as quoted by Antara news agency.
Implementing freedom of the press necessitates the Indonesian government allowing access for the foreign press to objectively witness and report on conditions in Papua.
The press council has urged the government to establish a press code of ethics on news coverage in Papua for all journalists, both foreign and domestic, so that all reporting will have a positive impact on the communities in Papua and West Papua provinces.
According to Wijaya, granting permission to foreign journalists to cover Papua is a positive step forward from the standpoint of freedom of the press, which will benefit the people in Papua and West Papua.
"Based on the universal principles of journalism, the freedom of press in Papua is expected by foreign journalists," he said.
The Indonesian government has granted access to foreign journalists to cover all areas of Papua Island, which comprises Papua and West Papua provinces.
The freedom of the press policy was announced by President Joko Widodo on May 10 after Indonesia restrained foreign journalists from covering Papua for several years. (hhr)(++++)
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5) Victor Yeimo : OPM Threats of War Were Exaggerated
Jayapura, Jubi – The Chairman of West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Victor Yeimo, said threats of an open war allegedly made by OPM leaders Enden Wanimbo and Puron Wenda were exaggerated.
“It was intentionally blown up by the Indonesian media. It’s an intelligence operation to dismiss and obscure the peaceful struggle of West Papuan people in their support for the United Liberation Movement of West Papua (ULMWP) to become a member of Melanesia Spearhead Group (MSG),” Yeimo told Jubi on Tuesday (26/5/2015).
Further, he said the claims were an attempt to cover up the murders, intimidation and arrests against the West Papuans in their current nonviolent activities.
“As usual, the paid journalists have been used as countered. Their used a tactic to manipulate the issue of West Papua’s struggle to become a member of MSG with violence. Therefore it becomes a reason for MSG to refuse the ULMWP’s application,” added Yeimo.
Yeimo explained the declaration of war by OPM leaders in any Papuan regions wasn’t new. Without the declaration, the Papua Free Movement and Indonesian Security Forces in Papua are actually at war at any place and any time. “I hope the West Papuan people to keep focus on the current agenda of the national struggle,” said Yeimo.
The Papuan figure Filep Karma who is serving 15 years in prison for raising the morning star flag in 2004 earlier told the news was a hoax blown up by media. “We have to be careful. It’s a hoax blown up by journalists. We don’t know what the purpose is and who’s behind it. We have to learn to identify who’s the real journalist and who’s the agitator,” Filep Karma told Jubi on Monday (25/5/2015). (Victor Mambor/rom)
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6) Papua administration creates  spatial management system 
The Jakarta Post, Jakarta | Archipelago | Wed, May 27 2015, 2:32 PM - 
The Papua provincial administration is cooperating with the British Embassy to implement a spatial management system through mapping that can be widely accessed by the public.
The cooperation effort will focus on environmental issues, British Ambassador to Indonesia Moazzam Malik said in Jayapura on Tuesday.
"Papua's forests serve as the lungs of the world. The spatial system is expected to protect Indonesia's forests and even save the world," he said as quoted by Antara news agency.
According to Malik, the spatial system can help Papua's administration map the areas, to consider those that can be developed and to identify areas that should be protected and be free of construction.
"This system will be very helpful to implement the future development of Papua's spatial planning and management. The system can reduce poverty and prevent any harm to the environment," Malik remarked.
He pointed out that the system has been applied for three years and has shown good results.
"Besides cooperation in the field of environmental conservation, we are also promoting cooperation in other sectors such as education and development," Malik pointed out.
The British Embassy has allocated 8.5 million pounds (US$13.1 million) for green spatial and investment programs to help the Papua administration overcome deforestation. (hhr)(++++)
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7) Jokowi Inaugurates West Papua Deputy Governor, Bakamla Chief


Jakarta. President Joko Widodo inaugurated on Wednesday West Papua Deputy Governor Irene Manibuy and Indonesian Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) chief Vice Admiral Desi Albert Mamahit at the State Palace.
Irene, who replaces the late Rahimin Katjong who passed away on January 22, was inaugurated as the new West Papua Deputy Governor by Presidential Decree No. 38/P of 2015, while DA Mamahit was inaugurated as Bakamla chief by Presidential Decree No. 45/M of 2015.
The inauguration was attended by a number of Joko’s ministers and the commander of Indonesia’s armed forces, Gen. Moeldoko.

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8) Clearing House Renamed Foreign Affairs Monitoring Team

Jayapura, Jubi – The government’s team tasked with monitoring the activity of foreign journalists, known as Clearing House, has been renamed ‘Foreign Affairs Monitoring Team of Indonesia’, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno said.
“But its tasks and responsibilities remain the same, namely to monitor foreign journalists,” he was quoted by by Antara News Agency as saying Tuesday after attending a seminar on access for foreign journalists in Papua .
According to him, the existing ‘clearing house’ under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was often in spotlight.
“It is basically intended to protect national interests and to maintain national sovereignty,” he explained.
Thus, any foreign journalists who intend to come to Indonesia, especially Papua and West Papua provinces, have to follow proper procedures, for instance the immigration law and so on. They should propose an application to do reportage or filmmaking and letter of reference from the media company.
Regarding to coverage about Papua and access for foreign journalists, he said some parties were aggressively spreading false news about human right violations, acts of violence of security forces and development gap in Papua. He said this could harm national interests. (Victor Mambor/rom)
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