Sunday, September 20, 2015

1) Police Arrest Two KNPB Activists in Yahukimo

2) Laurenzus Kadepa: National Media Fuelling Conflict in Papua
3) 3.000 Hectares of Rice Fields Face Crops Failure
4) MRP Should be Disbanded if Involved in Politics

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1) Police Arrest Two KNPB Activists in Yahukimo
 
Yogyakarta, Jubi – Two activists of the West Papua National Committee (KNPB), Hariel Luluk and Arpius Magayong, were arrested by the local police in Yahukimo while distributing flyers announcing the results of the Pacific Islands Forum meeting on the West Papua issue.
The chairman of KNPB in Yahukimo, Erius Suhun, said armed police officers in a patrol car came, stopped in front of a store and immediately arrested the two activists who were distributing the flyers.
Then both were taken to the local police station.
“But, when we went to the police station and talked with the officers, they had been released since this afternoon. They were beaten by the police but currently they are already with us,” Suhun said on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
The Central KNPB spokesperson Bazoka Logo confirmed to Jubi about the arrest of their two activists in Yahukimo. He said the political matter of the Papuan people is not final yet. Papua issue is currently being worldwide.
“Now, we warned the police to behave and maintain their attitude. Because the Papua issue is not merely a domestic matter but also get attention from the worldwide,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Papua Police spokesperson Senior Commissionaire Patrige Renwarin has not yet being confirm. (Arnold Belau/rom)
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2) Laurenzus Kadepa: National Media Fuelling Conflict in Papua

 
Yogyakarta, Jubi – Papua councilor Lauzensus Kadepa accused the national media in Jakarta of fuelling the conflict in Papua.
“Some reports about the hostage-taking showed the national media in Jakarta are not professional. They accused the wrong people, those who were never involved. That’s their bad side. This is an effort to keep enforcing the project of conflict in Papua with the intention to destroy Papua,” Kadepa said in Jayapura on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
He cited the coverage on Tolikara case, in which some media in Jakarta continue to raise the issue of the little mosque was burned while the coverage on the shooting victims perpetrated by security forces was never given a space. “That’s it. It showed the national media are taking side instead of being neutral. Similar thing was happened on the report about two Indonesian citizens who are taken hostages in the border of Indonesia – PNG, or when a national media reported that West Papua National Committee was involved in action since 2006 while it was established at the end of 2008. Well, I advise to national journalists asking their local journalist colleagues about the local situation before publishing their writing. I guess there’s a grand design to destroy Papua,” he said.
Separately, senior journalist and Human Right Watch researcher said there are many problems among the so-called ‘media national journalist’ in Jayapura, Manokwari and Timika. They (journalist) are often underpaid that forced them to collect cash from their news resources. He further said Papua geographical space that often seven time of the size of Java Island is not considered by media leaders in Jakarta. As a consequence, the less payment could not be used to cover the cost of reportage.
“Most of national media reporters in Papua have sold their independence to the third party. Even in 2011, leaked military document listed dozens of reporters as intelligent and informant of Military Special Force. Their names were circulated on social media, and recently it was analyzed by Sydney Morning Herald and Allan Nairn,” he told Jubi from Jakarta.
Harsono revealed those who mentioned in the military document are mostly ‘straight-haired’ journalists. However, he recognizes some ‘curly-haired’ journalists who also sold their independence.
“I think the Press Council need to conduct special investigation on several disturbing news, including the report written by two media national journalists, and to find out whether it was done on purpose or not. It’s required to recover the people’s trust in Papua –indigenous or migrant—against journalism in Indonesia,” he said. (Arnold Belau/rom)
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3) 3.000 Hectares of Rice Fields Face Crops Failure
 

Merauke, Jubi- About 3,000 hectares of rice fields might face crop failure because the prolonged dry season depleted water supplies, said the head of the Department of Agriculture and Foodstuffs of Merauke, Bambang Dwiatmoko.
“I have not received the latest data, but based on the data received a week ago reported that rice fields will face rice failure due to the dry season and possiblly, the amount of dry areas will increase, ” Bambang told Jubi in the Merauke Bappeda Office on last week.
But he said there are still some more rice fields can be harvested for reserve food and sale.
“And it has an impact on the farmers’ income,” he added.
There have been various ways to help the farmers in the villages like providing the engine sump aid and other agricultural equipment. However, the equipment is not able to function properly.
Merauke regent, Romanus Mbaraka some time ago said the government would continue to give attention. (Frans L Kobun)

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4) MRP Should be Disbanded if Involved in Politics
 
Jayapura, Jubi – The chairman of the Hanura faction of the Papua Representative Council, Yan Permenas Mandenas, warned the Papua People’s Assembly (MRP) to stop engaging in politics.
He said MRP had been involved too much involved in politicking despite its role as a cultural institution to protect the basic rights of indigenous Papuans.
“MRP cannot go on being engaging in the political domain. It’s responsible to manage the religious and customary affairs, women issue and basic rights of indigenous Papuans and so on. They don’t have taking care of political business. All the time MRP is too much involved into politic. Dissolved it, if it kept doing so,” Mandenas said on Wednesday (16/9/2015).
He further said it is a mistake if MRP is too much concerned on the political issues instead of the basic rights of indigenous Papuans. “So, I think if MRP has got involved into politic, better it might be dissolved and apply for 14 seats in the parliament representing the religious, youth, customary or women leaders and so on,” he said.
Regarding to the request of MRP Deputy Chairman, the Rev. Hofni Simbiak, to delay the regional election that simultaneously would be conducted in several regions in Papua in December due to Christmas, he said it’s certainly not possible. “Because the regional election is a national agenda. It cannot be delayed because there’s no reason,” he said.
Earlier, Yulianus Uropdana, Law Master graduated from Sanata Dharma University, rejected the recommendation MRP No.11/2015 about the indigenousness of the regional head/deputy. “MRP has good intention, but the Special Autonomy Law does not regulate such issue, except for governor and vice governor. It acts like an entrusted political institution, so better if it’s disbanded. It’s wasted, because not well performed. It only spends the State’s money, the Otsus fund,” he said at that time. (Arjuna Pademme/rom)
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