1) Two French journalists deported from Papua over alleged immigration violations
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On alert: An Immigration official (right) explains how to input data into the newly launched Foreigner Reporting Application (APOA) at the Medan Immigration Office, North Sumatra, on Feb. 28. (Antara/Irsan Mulyadi)
Jayapura, Papua | Sun, March 19, 2017| 10:27 am
The Tembagapura Immigration Office has banned two French journalists, Jean Frank Pierre, 45, and Basille Marie Longhamp, 42, from entering Indonesia for the next six months for allegedly violating the 2011 Immigration Law.
“The activities of these two journalists were basically good. However, there was a lack of coordination with related institutions,” said Tembagapura Immigration Office head Samuel Enock in Timika, Papua, on Friday.
He further explained that the two French journalists were sponsored by Garuda to carry out journalistic investigation in Indonesia.
“However, they started their work before obtaining the necessary documents, which were still being processed. As a consequence, they are banned from entering Indonesia for the next six months,” Samuel said.
Pierre and Longhamp were deported from Timika to France via Jakarta on a Garuda flight on Friday.
Samuel said the two journalists had not yet obtained journalist visas from the Indonesian Embassy in Paris before they started working. “They took pictures while on a tourist visa. They also had not yet obtained a reporting permit, although both of them already had a permit from the Tourism Ministry and their activities were sponsored by Garuda,” said Samuel. They were charged with violating Article 75 (1) of the 2011 Immigration Law.
The French journalists were taken into custody when they were about to take pictures of Cartenz areas using a helicopter rented from Happi Live Aviation. They also planned to take pictures in Asmat, Wamena, and Raja Ampat and Sorong in West Papua.
In 2014, Thomas Dandois, 40, and Valentine Bourrat, 29, were deported for carrying out journalistic activities during a tourist visit. (ebf)
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2) Deportation of French journalists, AJI Jayapura: The President has not implemented good policies
Sabtu, 18 Maret 2017 — 19:40
Jayapura, Jubi - Two French citizen, Jean Pierre Escudie Frank and Marie Basille Longhamp of The Explorer Network immigration authorities deported Timika on Friday (17/03/2017).
Both were deported by plane from airport Moses Kilangin to France via Jakarta at 14:33 CEST for alleged violations of immigration rules Indonesia.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists Kota Jayapura immigration deplore this action. Told by Fabio Lopez, coordinator of Advocacy AJI Jayapura, there has been no implementation, spacious and open on the policies of President Joko Widodo opening up access for foreign journalists reporting in Papua since May 10, 2015 last.
"President Jokowi optimistically say the policy during a visit to Papua. AJI Jayapura see there are still international isolation for the public information about the actual condition of Papua, "said Fabio, Saturday (18/03/2017).
As a result, continued Fabio, information about infrastructure development, improvement of the social economy, the protection of human rights and a number of other issues for the international public sangst minimal exposure.
AJI Jayapura, he added, urges the government to be open, transparent information related to the issues in Papua for all members of the press at local, national, and international.
"The goal for the coverage related to all the problems in Papua could be a correction and a reference for the government as policy makers," said Fabio.
From the description of the local immigration authorities, both French citizens who work as journalists assessed have yet to permit filming although it has been coordinated with the Ministry of Tourism and sponsored by the government-owned airline Garuda Indonesia. Immigration authorities also stated Jean and Basille only a tourist visa.
Both plan to conduct journalistic investigations in Papua, including, Asmat, Wamena, and Raja Ampat and Sorong in West Papua.
"The activities of these two journalists are basically good. However, lack of coordination with relevant agencies. As a result, they were barred from entering Indonesia for six months," said Chief Samuel Enock Tembagapura Immigration Office in Timika, Papua, on Friday (17/03/2017 ).
Samuel continued, they began their work before obtaining the necessary documents, which are still being processed.
Jean and Basille taken into custody when they want to take pictures of the area using helicopter charter Cartenz of Happi Life Aviation, before being flown to Jakarta.
In 2014, two other French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat also deported from Indonesia on the same offense. Both are even undergoing trial and was sentenced to several months in immigration detention Jayapura. (*)
Indonesia has deported two French journalists for committing visa violations while shooting a documentary film in Indonesia's easternmost province of Papua.
Immigration office spokesman Agung Sampurno said the journalists, Jean Frank Pierre and Basille Marie Longhamp, were sent home on Friday through Mozes Kilangin airport in Timika.
The journalists carried out coverage from the air but had ordinary visas without necessary documents from related institutions, Sampurno said on Sunday.
He quoted local immigration chief Jesaya Samuel Enock as saying the journalists' activities were appropriate as they were sponsored by the national flag carrier Garuda Indonesia but lacked co-ordination with related institutions.
Local media reported Pierre and Longhamp were taken into custody when they were about to take pictures of Cartenz areas using a helicopter.