Sign up for weekly updates

Media restrictions in Papua underscore Indonesia's wider problems

Papuan people shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, 1 December 2014
Papuan people shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, 1 December 2014

REUTERS/Pius Erlangga

Excerpt of a 31 March 2015 CPJ blog post by Bob Dietz/Asia Program Coordinator.

With more than 50 years of restricted media access, one of the least covered armed conflicts in the world is the long-simmering struggle between Indonesia's military and the secessionist Free Papua Movement. Under Indonesia's seven successive post-independence governments--the early ones led by autocratic strongmen, the recent ones more or less democratically elected--the world has been deprived of details of the persistent low-intensity battle for autonomy playing out in the Papuan provinces.

Without open media access in the Papua and West Papua provinces, alleged abuses by security forces operating without media scrutiny will hound any bid by President Joko Widodo to bring peace and prosperity to the resource-rich region: a promise he made on assuming office in October.

Read the full blog post on CPJ's site.

What other IFEX members are saying
  • West Papua must be given regional voice

    "The people of West Papua have long been denied basic human rights by their own government," says PFF Chair Titi Gabi. "They are therefore justified in seeking support and assistance for those rights from outside their own borders."

Latest Tweet:

#Mexico: Matan al periodista Santiago Barroso en Sonora. Es el cuarto en lo que va del 2019: @cencos @RELE_CIDH

Get more stories like this

Sign up for our newsletters and get the most important free expression news delivered to your inbox.