Sunday, December 7, 2014


2) RI Asked to Open Press Access to Papua

Nethy Dharma Somba, The Jakarta Post, Jayapura | Archipelago | Fri, December 05 2014, 7:44 PM
Papua Police chief Insp. Gen. Yotje Mende said he would provide three days for whomever was behind the recent shooting death of two police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) personnel in IIaga, Papua. If they failed to show up, he added, a team would be sent to hunt find them.
“I have given them time to surrender. If they don’t want to use it then my team will hunt them down, dead or alive,” he said Friday.
He said the team comprised 100 personnel who would be fully equipped. He added that he had told his subordinates that it was not a mission of vengeance.
“I warned them that we would not tolerate any violations,” he said.
Puncak Regent William Wandik said he supported the mission and condemned the recent murder of two Brimob personnel.
“It was very violent, to kill law enforcement personnel while they were assisting local residents prepare for Christmas,” he said.
He acknowledged there had been a rising trend in the province for certain individuals taking police or military rifles by force to be rewarded with certain privileges.
“The motive behind the killing is never about freedom but crime,” he said.
Two Brimob personnel, Adj. Second Insp. Thomson Siahaan and Second Brig. Everson were shot by a group of unidentified persons while helping locals prepare for a Christmas celebration in Ilaga, Puncak regency’s capital.
The remains of the two police personnel have been buried in their respective hometowns. (dic)(++++)

FRIDAY, 05 DECEMBER, 2014 | 16:02 WIB
2) RI Asked to Open Press Access to Papua

TEMPO.CODenpasar - The International Partnership Mission to Indonesia, an international and regional organization working in the freedom of expression, urged the government of Indonesia to open more access for foreign journalists to cover news in Papua. 
In a meeting organized by the Independent Journalist Alliance (AJI) and Tifa Foundation, several organizations signed the statement, namely: Article 19, Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), Freedom House, International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), International Media Support, Open Society Foundations Programme on Independent Journalism, and Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA). 
Jane Worthington from IFJ Asia-Pasific said there had not been official policy that banned foreign journalists from entering Papua. "However, the government tends to complicate foreign journalists with visa and other requirements," said Jane. Michael Karanicolas from Canada-based Center for Law and Democracy (CLD) confirmed that such policy would end up disadvantaging Indonesia.
Earlier in August, two French journalists, Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat, were detained for using tourist visas for journalism purposes. The two were found guilty by the court and sentenced to two and a half months in prison. The trial triggered global outrage from the world press organization. 

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