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Indonesia brutality towards West Papua "medieval" - PFF

Indonesia brutality towards West Papua "medieval" - PFF

PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS --

Killing, beating, abducting and jailing journalists in West Papua remains the most immediate issue in regional affairs, states the Pacific Freedom Forum.
Wrapping up its fourth year of advocacy, PFF chairs said that ongoing suppression of freedom of expression under Indonesian rule often involves violence against news media.“Well documented allegations of killings and torture depict medieval levels of brutality by Indonesian security and ad-hoc militia forces in West Papua”, says PFF chair Titi Gabi.
“Ongoing violence against citizens makes a mockery of Indonesia pretensions towards democracy, adherence to international law, and the peaceful majority of the world’s biggest Muslim nation.”

“There is also concern over Indonesia security forces infiltrating Papua newsrooms and planting fake stories”.

PFF endorses calls from October by the Pantau Foundation and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance for Indonesia to uphold the right of citizens to freedoms of speech, to end violence against journalists and to prosecute those responsible for violence.

In November, PFF joined IFEX, International Freedom of Expression Exchange, in a 23 day campaign against a “culture of impunity” surrounding those in authority across the region.PFF co-chair Monica Miller said concerns also include a “culture of silence among partner news media across the islands, as well as Australia and New Zealand, when it comes to sensitive issues like West Papua.”

Miller praised an upturn this last year in media attention on West Papua, notably via state broadcasters like Radio New Zealand International and Radio Australia.

“After a decade or two of focusing mostly on Fiji, it is welcome to see metropolitan media including newspapers address much bigger concerns in West Papua,” says Miller.

“Yet many articles lament the lack of public awareness about serious events happening on our own doorstep.”

“Clearly there is much more that could be done, including not bowing to political sensitivities that deem West Papua to be outside the Pacific Islands region and of concern only to Indonesia.”

Reporters Sans Frontiers ranks Indonesia at 146th place, on a list of 179 nations followed by the press freedom body.

PFF also expressed concern about assaults and threats against journalists in Papua New Guinea and other states across the region.

Established in Apia, Samoa in August 2008, PFF has issued 143 statements on freedom of expression issues facing the Pacific Islands. An online forum has generated hundreds of topics and thousands of discussions.

LINKS

ECONOMIST: The Unseen Resistance (video)
http://www.economist.com/blogs/banyan/2012/07/tensions-rise-west-papua

BBC/ABC: Undercover report (video)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-19414636


RSF Global Rankings - Indonesia
http://en.rsf.org/report-indonesia,64.html


UK Embassy rejects fake journalism in Papua article
http://westpapuamedia.info/2012/12/18/uk-embassy-denies-fake-journalism-in-bintang-papua-article/


End violence against Papuan journalists call from SEAPA
http://www.pmc.aut.ac.nz/pacific-media-watch/west-papua-end-violence-against-papuan-journalists-call-seapa-8134


Australia media only tells half the story
http://theconversation.edu.au/australian-media-only-tells-half-the-story-about-west-papua-11313


West Papua: Journalists beware
http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=63771

ABOUT US:

The Pacific Freedom Forum is a regional and global online network of Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent of raising awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom of expression and be served by a free and independent media. We believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the vision of democratic and participatory governance pledged by our leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments to good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of concern to the attention of the wider regional and international community.

ENDS

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