Monday, August 6, 2018

1) Indonesia’s Papua Media Blacklist


2) Bark craftsmen are ready to welcome PON 2020


3) Keerom Cultural Festival 2018 will be different from last year
4) Marine debris affect fish quality in Jayapura
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1) Indonesia’s Papua Media Blacklist
Authorities Equate Journalism with Doing “Something Wrong to Indonesia”
Deputy Director, Asia Division



“Why am I now on the Indonesian government blacklist? For how long? For what reason? For going to Papua? This is devastating for me.”

That was the reaction of Australian graduate student Belinda Lopez on August 4 when immigration authorities at Ngurah Rai International Airport in the Indonesian province of Bali abruptly aborted her honeymoon by informing her she was on an official blacklist and banned from the country. She was deported 24 hours after her arrival.

Lopez‘s “crime” appears to be that she was once a journalist. Immigration authorities repeatedly asked her if she was reporter and if she had “done something wrong to Indonesia.” She had previously worked at the Indonesian English-language newspapers The Jakarta Post and The Jakarta Globe, and had been deported from Papua in 2016 on suspicion of “being a reporter.” This likely led to her being placed on a blacklist.

There is a deeply rooted perception among many Indonesian government and security agency officials that foreign media access to their Papua and West Papua provinces (collectively referred to as “Papua”) is a recipe for instability in a region already troubled by widespread public dissatisfaction with Jakarta, and a small but persistent armed independence movement.

Despite the rhetoric of Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s announced opening of Papua to foreign media in May 2015, the grim reality is journalists are still blocked from reporting there. Violations of media freedom for foreign journalists in Papua, along with visa denial and blacklisting of reporters who challenge the official chokehold on Papua access, continue unabated. In February, Indonesian authorities arrested BBC correspondent Rebecca Henschke for tweets she made while reporting from Papua. She was questioned for 17 hours by immigration and military officials before being freed.

Government restrictions on foreigners have extended to United Nations officials and academics Indonesian authorities perceive as hostile. In June, the United Nations high commissioner for human rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, decried the government’s seeming refusal to make good on an official invitation to visit Papua.
Until Jokowi honors his commitment to open Papua for foreign media, the immigration blacklist of anyone “suspected of being a reporter” is likely to grow.
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2) Bark craftsmen are ready to welcome PON 2020


Published 15 hours ago on 6 August 2018 By admin

                                 Art Shop owned by Mince Ohee in Sentani District Jayapura. – Jubi / Yance Wenda
Sentani, Jubi – Mince Ohee, 31 years old bark craftsman from Sentani, often sell her products in front of her house where located near to the entrance of Kalkhote pier in East Sentani sub-district of Jayapura District. Approaching the national sports event held in Jayapura in 2020, she admits ready to participate by producing more bark handicrafts.
“In the next National Sports Week (PON), I will participate selling these handicrafts. But I will only sell it at the art shop,” she told Jubi in her art shop on Wednesday (08/01/2010).

Meanwhile, another craftsman Elda Natasya said whether she’s ready or not in the national event, it depends on the supply of bark materials and the market demands.
“Now barks are a bit difficult to get. So, it depends on it. If we have enough materials, we are ready to serve as many as it’d requested.” (*)
 
Reporter: Yance Wenda
Editor: Pipit Maizier

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3) Keerom Cultural Festival 2018 will be different from last year
Published 1 day ago on 5 August 2018

Keerom, Jubi – The Head of Keerom Tourism Office Jaswadi said this event would be different from the last year. “There would be nine traditional dance of Keerom and some performances from Papua New Guinea and other Indonesian regions such as Java, Sulawesi, Maluku and East Nusa Tenggara,” he said on Wednesday (08/01/2018) in Keerom.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Committee of Keerom Cultural Festival Sergius Fatem said many guests would attend the event, including the representative from the Ministry of Tourism, domestic and international tourists as well as the provincial government and local communities.
“We, from the Tourism Office, initiate this festival with the aim that Keerom’s culture would be widely known.” (*)
 
Reporter: Piter Lokon
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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4) Marine debris affect fish quality in Jayapura
Published 2 hours ago on 7 August 2018 By admin

Jayapura, Jubi – Womsumbro, a fisherman who’s one of the recipients of the Cold Chain System (SRD), told Jubi that the household rubbish from the city residents become a problem for some fishermen as it pollutes the marine habitat.

“When we run our boats, the machine is often stuck because it hit the garbage. There are many types of marine debris such as plastic bottles, disposable diapers or sanitary napkins which also affect the quality of the fish we caught,” he said on Tuesday (07/31/2018).
Meanwhile, Jayapura Deputy Mayor H. Rustan Saru hopes the SRD program by Jayapura Municipal Government via the Fisheries Office can improve the quality of the fish.
“We should ensure that the quality of fish for the market or human consumption is good. The rubbish has not just created a problem but also reduced the quality of fish.” (*)
 
Reporter: Agus Pabika
Editor: Pipit Maizier
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