Sunday, May 17, 2015

1) West Papua leader hopes to learn why he was blocked from US

2) Govt to Build `Food Estate` in Merauke

3) Indonesian Parliament: President’s Statement on Foreign Press Is Reactive

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http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/pacific-news/273878/west-papua-leader-hopes-to-learn-why-he-was-blocked-from-us

1) West Papua leader hopes to learn why he was blocked from US

Updated about 1 hour ago



The West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda, says he's hoping to find out this week why he was he was refused access to the United States ahead of a speaker's tour.
Mr Wenda says he was hoping to travel from London, where he lives in exile, to Los Angeles last week.
But when he checked in at Heathrow Airport, an alert came up on his passport, and he was taken in for questioning by an official from the US Homeland Security Department, who then revoked his 10-year business visa.
Mr Wenda says he was told to contact the US embassy about why his visa was revoked, but he is yet to hear back.
"We did sendtry to send a request and send some information, some documents and they said we'll have to wait for five working days so I don't know what will happen."
The West Papuan independence leader, Benny Wenda.
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SUNDAY, 17 MAY, 2015 | 12:00 WIB
2) Govt to Build `Food Estate` in Merauke
TEMPO.COJakarta - The government is preparing Merauke in Papua as an integrated food region or known as food estate.
Head of Research and Development Agency of the Agriculture Ministry Haryono said that Merauke has the potential of 1.2 hectare of land that can be planted with food plants such as rice.
"There’s a potential of 1.2 hectare of land in Merauke that can be planted with food plants and have good water condition,” Haryono said on Friday.
He added that from the total area of land, the government targets 1 million hectare of land to be managed in the next three years and this year, the government hopes to manage 250,000 hectare of land.
"It will be divided in to 750,000 hectares for the government and state-owned enterprises and 250,000 hectares for private sectors,” he added.
Haryono also said that this food estate is expected to contribute to the government’s plan to reach food self-sufficiency.

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http://tabloidjubi.com/en/2015/05/17/indonesian-parliament-presidents-statement-on-foreign-press-is-reactive/
3) Indonesian Parliament: President’s Statement on Foreign Press Is Reactive
Jakarta, Jubi – President Jokowi’s decision to lift restrictions on foreign journalists was not based on sound judgment, a legislator said.
House of Representatives Commission I member Sukamta said Widodo made this statement only to respond the international pressure following the arrest of two French journalists – Thomas Dandois and Valentine Burat – at Wamena, Papua due to visa violations.
“Jokowi’s approach is reactive, not substantive. It has something to do with international pressure after the arrest of two French journalists in Papua. It forced him to revoke restrictions for foreign journalists to cover in Papua,” Sukamta said at the Parliament Building in Jakarta on Wednesday (14/5/2015).
Separately, the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Papua said Jokowi had made the right decision.
According to Sukamta the government often made such reactive policies, including the way handling the foreign reportages about Papua. “Jokowi is better to conduct a welfare-base approach. This is more emphasizing the improvement of human development for Papuan people. so, if this approach is successfully developed in Papua, then the foreign press can do reportage freely,” he said.
He further said there’s no guarantee if the involvement of foreign press in Papua would give positive or equal news about Indonesia concerning to the ethic of journalistic about cover both side principles. “It’s simply like this, when it’s still be restricted, many foreign news were violating the journalism principles and confronting Indonesian at the world’s witnesses, how could it be if it has free access,” he said.
Sukamta also reminded Jokowi that Indonesia once released (at that time) the East Timor Province. Now it might be happened to Papuans; they might ask for referendum if the foreign press is allowed to come.
“Indonesia lost the East Timor Province under the leadership of civil background President BJ Habibie. If the prior civil president released East Timor, let’s not be happened with this current civil president to also “release” Papua,” he said. (*/rom)
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