Saturday, October 25, 2014

1) Ex-Dolly sex workers face Papua witch hunt

2) French Journalists' Papua Jail Terms Spark Calls for Reform
3) Citilink to Fly to Papua From First Half of 2015


1) Ex-Dolly sex workers face Papua witch huntBy  Oct 16, 2014 12:03PM UTC


Friday, October 24, 2014

1) French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

2) 39 Foreign Journalists Have Covered Papua and West Papua This Year: Ministry Official
3) Women and oil palm in an investment region

4) Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua

1) French journalists in Papua convicted, but will be freed on Monday

Updated at 8:27 pm on 24 October 2014

Reports from Indonesia say the two French journalists have been convicted for misusing their tourist visas to work in Papua but will be freed on Monday.
Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were arrested in August for working as journalists in Papua illegally and put on trial this week.
The prosecution asked for the two to be jailed for four months for the visa breach which can be punished with up to five years imprisonment.
French media reports say the court in Jayapura sentenced them to two and a half in prison - a term, which will see them free on Monday.
The two were working for the German-French television station, Arte.
Their arrest was denounced by media organisation and human rights groups, with Human Rights Watch saying the Indonesia's chokehold on Papua media coverage has effectively turned foreign journalism in the province into a criminal activity.
A foreign ministry official has said foreign journalists who intended to report from across Indonesia must apply for a permit to the Indonesian representative in the countries where they come from.
The official says 18 ministries and related institutions are involved in the process of issuing a permit.


2) 39 Foreign Journalists Have Covered Papua and West Papua This Year: Ministry Official

Jayapura, Jubi – The Indonesian government has issued permit for 39 foreign journalists to undertake journalistic activities in Papua and West Papua provinces since last year, said a Foreign Ministry official.
Only nine foreign journalists were refused permission to cover Papua since  2013, said Siti Sofia Sudarma, the ministry’s Director of Information and Media from the Directorate of Information and Public Diplomacy, who testified in the trial of two French journalists in the Jayapura District Court on Wednesday (22/10).
“They were allowed to cover all issues in Papua and West Papua including political issues,” she said, showing the data to reporters.
The French journalists, Thomas Charles Dandois and Marie Valentine Bourrat, are on trial charged with violating Article 122 on immigration. They could face 5 years in prison.
Meanwhile, the witness Doni Alfisyahrin, the Head of Visitor Visa Division of the Directorate General of Immigration explained the difference between visitor visa and tourism visas.
“A visitor visa allow the person to carry out journalistic activities. It is possible to extend it  four times up to 30 days at the local Immigration Office. A tourist visa doesn’t,” said Alfisyahrin.
He said only certain foreigners could freely use visitor visas, depending on diplomatic relations with Indonesia. “Many European countries have diplomatic relations with Indonesia and France is included,” he said.
However, Victor Mambor, Chairman of AJI Kota Jayapura said detail clarification is needed. “Is it true 39 foreign journalists were allowed cover the issues in Papua? It is true that some of them got permission to cover political issues, such as Mark Davit. But I have to say he was strictly watched while doing his reporting,” said Mambor.
Additionally, he said most foreign journalists who came to Papua only got permission to report on tourism issues such as events in Raja Ampat Island, or Lembah Baliem Festival or about the handover of Japanese soldiers’ skeleton. “But, it’s not only about getting permits or not, but the process is too long and complicated. It may be called clearing house. The government must be aware, if the permit takes too  long, they will lose their momentum,” said Mambor. (Indrayadi TH/rom)


3) Women and oil palm in an investment region

DTE 99-100, October 2014
A view from Suskun Village, Papua.
By Yuliana Langowuyo, director of SKPKC Fransiskan Papua, who has been visiting the community in Susun Village at least once a month since 2011 to carry out research and provide assistance.


4) Surf movie uncovers 'the truth' about West Papua

Updated 24 October 2014, 17:43 AEST
The central theme of many surf movies is the search for an undiscovered wave in an exotic location.
That was supposed to be the idea when a group of surfers landed in Indonesia's resitve province of Papua to shoot the film "Isolated".
But after spending time with villagers along remote stretches of coastline it turned into a human rights documentary.
Presenter: Liam Fox
Speaker: Justin LePera, the director of Isolated


Thursday, October 23, 2014

French journalists handed short jail terms in Papua, to walk free

French journalists handed short jail terms in Papua, to walk free

Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were arrested for illegally reporting in Indonesia's Papua province. They were making a documentary for television channel Arte about the separatist movement.

JAYAPURA: Two French journalists were on Friday (Oct 24) handed short jail terms for illegally reporting in Indonesia's Papua province, but will walk free next week after already having served the time in custody, their lawyer said.
Thomas Dandois, 40, and Valentine Bourrat, 29, were detained at the start of August while making a documentary for Franco-German television channel Arte about the separatist movement in eastern Papua. Indonesia is deeply sensitive about journalists covering Papua, where a low-level insurgency against the central government has simmered for decades, and rarely grants visas for foreigners to report independently in the region.
At the trial in Jayapura, the capital of Papua province, the pair were charged with breaking immigration laws since they were reporting with tourist, not journalist, visas - a crime punishable by up to five years in jail.
Prosecutors had sought a four-month sentence during the trial, which started this week, saying the journalists had admitted their mistake and apologised. However a panel of judges handed them a sentence of only two months and 15 days, their lawyer Aristo Pangaribuan told AFP. They will be released next week, he said.
"This decision is good because they will go home on Monday," said the lawyer. "But from a legal perspective, this is not very good because it opens the door for the criminalisation of journalistic activities." They did not plan to appeal, he added.
Foreign journalists detained in the past for illegally reporting in Papua were swiftly deported. Indonesia's Independent Alliance of Journalists has said this is the first time that foreign journalists have been tried for immigration violations in Papua.
Andreas Harsono, a Jakarta-based researcher for Human Rights Watch, urged Indonesia to overhaul the complex system for foreign journalists to apply for visas to report on Papua. Currently, 18 different government agencies have to approve a foreign journalist visa for Papua, he said. "Reporters won't use tourist visas if it is fair to apply for journalist ones," he said.
Dandois was detained at a hotel in the city of Wamena with members of separatist group the Free Papua Movement (OPM), and Bourrat was detained shortly afterwards, according to authorities. The OPM has been at the forefront of the fight against the central government in the resource-rich but poor and ethnically Melanesian region.

1) Papua Prosecutors: 4 Months’ Jail for French Journos Should Be Enough

2) French Journalists in Papua Face Four Months in Jail

1) Papua Prosecutors: 4 Months’ Jail for French Journos Should Be Enough

"We hope it will be a lesson for foreigners to not violate their visas in Indonesia."
By Banjir Ambarita on 07:23 pm Oct 23, 2014
Category FeaturedHuman RightsNews

Protesters in Surabaya, East Java, on Oct. 13 called for the release of two French journalists held in Papua. (Antara Photo)

Jakarta. Two French journalists arrested in Papua for operating without journalism visas should serve four months in jail and face a cursory $200 fine, prosecutors in the region said on Thursday.
“It’s the maximum request and we hope it will be a lesson for foreigners to not violate their visas in Indonesia,” lead prosecutor Sukanda said.
Thomas Charles Dandois, 40, and Marie Valentine Bourrat, 29, were arrested on Aug. 6 with three alleged members of the separatist Free Papua Organization (OPM).
Indonesia has sealed off Papua to foreign correspondents, ostensibly because the region is unsafe. Activists however say the regulation is in effect to prevent publication of human rights violations that could lead to greater international pressure on Jakarta.
The two journalists’ lawyer, Aristo Pangaribuan, expressed relief that the prosecution had not called for the maximum five-year prison term.  

“I’m sure my clients are innocent, and hopefully they will be released when the verdict is handed down on Friday,” Aristo said. 

“Even the [Indonesian] Press Council has recommended they be deported instead of being punished.”

At Thursday’s hearing, the defendants said they traveled to the country’s easternmost provinces after landing at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. From Sorong in West Papua they traveled to Jayapura and Wamena in Papua province. 
They admitted they met the president of the self-proclaimed Federal Democratic Nation of West Papua, Forkorus Yoboisembut, in Jayapura and tribe leader Areki Wanimbo. They had a short discussion and undertook some filming. 

During the court hearing, both French nationals apologized and admitted that they had made a mistake and wanted to go home. 

Yoseph Adi Prasetyo from the Press Council previously said that the pair’s work was not journalism and should be viewed as research, given that nothing had been aired or published. 

“Journalistic activities should be published and their works have not been published,” he said. “We hope they will not be jailed, but deported as soon as possible.”

The verdict is scheduled to be released on Friday.
THURSDAY, 23 OCTOBER, 2014 | 18:20 WIB
2) French Journalists in Papua Face Four Months in Jail
TEMPO.COJayapura – General prosecutor Sukanda is seeking four months' imprisonment and a fine of Rp2 million (US$166.5) for two French journalists: Thomas Charles Dandois, 40; and Marie Valentine Louise Bourrat, 29.
“Both of them are proven to have violated their stay permits,” Sukanda said when reading the indictment against the two journalists at First Class A Court in Jayapura, Papua, on Thursday, October 23, 2014.
The trial began at 3.00 p.m. local time by questioning expert witnesses and defendants. The trial was later adjourned and continued at 5.00 p.m. for indictment reading.
During the trial, the journalists’ laywer, Yoseph Adi Prasetyo from the Press Council, requested the the journalists be immediately deported as opposed to being imprisoned.
Presiding judge Martinus Bala also conducted a trial to question both journalists. At the court, Dandois and Bourrat apologized for the violations and hoped that they could soon be freed and return to their country.