Sunday, January 8, 2017

1) Poverty Rate 28.54%, Slightly Lower in Papua

2) Indonesia blocks 800,000 websites

3) Raising Free Papua Movement flag is a crime: House
1) Poverty Rate 28.54%, Slightly Lower in Papua

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THURSDAY, 05 JANUARY, 2017 | 06:10 WIB
Poverty Rate 28.54%, Slightly Lower in Papua

TEMPO.COJakarta - The Indonesia Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said poverty rate in the country`s poorest region Papua dropped slightly to 28.4% in September 2016 from 28.54 percent in March in the same year.
The rate was much higher than 10.86% of the countrys average of poverty with 28 million people living below the poverty line in March 2016.
Poverty rate in Papua is higher in rural areas where 37.07% of the population lived in poverty as against only 4.21% in urban areas.
Food is the main factor contributing 72.31% to poverty with non food including housing, health , clothing, education contributing only 27.69%.
In Bengkulu, the poverty rate was 17.03% in September 2016, improving from 17.23% in March 2016, the provincial Central Bureau of Statistics (BPS) said.
There was a slight decline in the number of people living below the poverty line from 328,610 in Macdh , 2016 to 325,600 in September in the same year, the Bengkulu BPS office said.
In urban areas the poverty rate was 16.16% or 98,070 persons and in rural areas it was 17.43% or 227,530 persons.

2) Indonesia blocks 800,000 websites
Jakarta | Sat, January 7, 2017 | 04:19 pm
The Indonesian government has blocked 800,000 websites as of December last year, mostly websites containing pornographic material or gambling sites, an official said on Saturday.
“Some 90 percent of them contained pornographic material or gambling applications, and some were simply spreading hoaxes,” Samuel Abrijani Pangerapan, the director general of Information Application at the Communications and Information Ministry, said in a discussion on Saturday as quoted by
Samuel said the public could access more details through
He said the government had produced a regulation as the legal basis to block the sites. He said the ministry had established a team to check up on reports about websites from the public.
He denied that the government had implemented strict measures to monitor the cyber world.
The ministry has blocked 766,633 sites related to pornography and 85 related to radicalism.
Samuel said the owners of blocked sites could ask the ministry to lift the block after accepting some requirements.
Last month, the ministry received criticism from democracy activists regarding its decision to block, a news site based in Papua. The Press Legal Aid Institute (LBH Pers) said the block constituted a violation of freedom of expression. (evi)


3) Raising Free Papua Movement flag is a crime: House

Minggu, 8 Januari 2017 23:43 WIB | 296 Views
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The hoisting of a separatist Free Papua Movement flag at the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne on Friday was a crime that had to be investigated by the Australian police.

"The raising of the Free Papuan flag at the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne is a crime. The Australian police have to arrest them," Charles of Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) said here on Sunday.

Charles said that the Australian police should investigate the intruders who entered illegally the Indonesian Consulate General and flew the Papuan flag.

He said a diplomatic representative covers an extraterritorial region which is part of the sovereignty of the country it is representing.

Therefore, he said, the Indonesian Consulate General in Melbourne is classified as Indonesias sovereign region which should be protected and based on the international law.

"Therefore, as a host country, the Australian government has the obligation to protect all Indonesian diplomatic properties," the lawmaker said.

He said Australia is an important trade partner of Indonesia, notably in the trade, tourism and the fight against terrorism.

Therefore, all sides must maintain the nations sovereignty, self-dignity and respect for the interest of the nation.

"I see there is an attempt to provoke the Indonesia-Australia relation in the run up to the visit of President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) to Australia," he said.

Charles said that Australia must show its seriousness to process the crime because it has the potential to disturb the relations between Indonesia and Australia.

The Indonesian government has earlier strongly criticized the criminal act done by separatist Free Papua Movement members who intruded into the premise of the Indonesian Consulate General and flew the separatist movements flag on Friday (Jan.6).

Spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arrmanatha Nasir, through a press statement here on Saturday, said the government had sent a protest to the Australian government, and demanded that the perpetrators be arrested and punished strictly according to law.(*)

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