RSF tells Indonesia to stop flouting journalists’ rights in West Papua


first_img to go further Indonesia is ranked 130th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index after its performance score fell by nearly apoint from 2015. The authorities must respect the rights of journalists to freelyreport events in West Papua (the western half of the island of NewGuinea) even when journalists are covering protests by the Papuanpopulation, RSF said. “We condemn this violence and censorship of local journalists,whose coverage of these demonstrations was in the public interest,”said Benjamin Ismaïl, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Organisation November 19, 2020 Find out more News News After hundreds of protesters were arrested in various parts of thecity, they were assembled in a square in front of the police mobilebrigade headquarters, from which reporters who wanted to cover theirarrest were driven back by about 20 policemen wielding wooden batons. One of them said Police Commissioner Mathius Fakhiri had given themspecific instructions to prevent reporters from covering how thepolice were treating the detainees, who were ordered to remove theirclothes and shoes while standing in the square. May 9, 2016 RSF tells Indonesia to stop flouting journalists’ rights in West Papua Police arrest pro-independence protestor in Jakarta in December 2015 “President Joko Widodo’s promises now sound emptier that ever.After the recent banning of a French journalist who had beenreporting in West Papua in a completely legal manner, we now have yetfurther evidence that the authorities continue to censor and controlmedia coverage arbitrarily.” On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia Ardi Bayage, a journalist working for the Suarapapua.comnews website, was arrested at the same time as other protestersalthough he showed his press card to the police. They authorities,who accused him of lying, broke his mobile phone and took him to themobile brigade’s headquarters, where he was held for several hours. August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img Abeth You, a journalist working for the Tabloidjubi.comwebsite, was attacked by police on 8 October 2015 while coveringa demonstration in Jayapura by a group called Solidarity for Victimsof Human Rights Violations in Papua. Police arrested and questionedtwo fixers working for a French journalist. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Indonesia’s authorities to stop violating the rights of journalists in West Papua, where the Jayapura police prevented reporters from covering a peaceful demonstration in support of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua on 2 May, the eve of World Press Freedom Day. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts August 21, 2020 Find out more News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Follow the news on Indonesia News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years IndonesiaAsia – Pacific The West Papuan authorities are still censoring all reporterscovering Papuan separatist movements, discrimination and human rightsviolations. In January, RSF condemned Indonesia’s ban on further visits by French journalist Cyril Payen after France 24broadcast a report by him from West Papua.The authorities also target local journalists and fixers working forforeign journalists and those who act as their sources. RSF_en Help by sharing this information last_img

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