Media freedom is about the right of the people to be informed, not just about media freedoms of journalists and news organisations. Kendall Hutt reports.
Report – By Kendall Hutt
The issue of media freedom in the Pacific has come to the fore following recent international calls for Indonesia to allow foreign journalists access to West Papua and President Joko Widodo declaring a lifting of restrictions.
Indonesia has in the past banned the international media from accessing West Papua for more than 50 years and little is known about what goes on inside the two provinces that make up the Melanesian region.
The only way international journalists are allowed into the province has been through invitation by the state or “underground” on a tourist visa. Read more »