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Abusers against Jubi journalists will be prosecuted

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Meeting of Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar and Jubi editorial team, Abeth and the representatives of the Alliance of Independent Journalists of Jayapura City – Jubi / Yuliana Lantipo

Jayapura, Jubi – Two police officers of Nabire Police, who mistreated Jubi journalist Abraham Amoye You while covering the candidate debate of Deiyai election in Nabire on Saturday, 5 May 2018, will be prosecuted.

“These officers will be taken into the legal process relating to the act of law violation, whether it is related to the code of ethics or crime. So we put the legal aspect on the top in order to solve this dispute,” said Papua Police Chief Inspector General Boy Rafli Amar on Tuesday, 8 May 2018 in Entrop, Jayapura.

On behalf of the Police institution in Papua, he apologises for the acts committed by his personnel against Abeth You. He also admitted that many officers still do not understand the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) in doing their tasks. Therefore he will improve it, in particular about how to act to the crowd in terms of public security.

“We will give more understanding (to them)…in particular, the comprehension of SOP when handling the masses because there are usually five or ten, two hundred or even a thousand of people join in the crowd,” he said. In addition, he said, the SOP of mass security already exists, such as how to handle the big crowd, how to cope with the dispute in location. So the police officer should understand this existed SOP,” he said.

A one-minute-duration video that becomes viral in social media captured an officer hit a man who later identified as a graduate IPDN Mando Mote have proved that Provost Suryanto as a perpetrator.

Suryanto is known as Provost Unit Chief of Nabire Police. When he recognised that the journalist Abeth You recorded his act through a smartphone camera, he approached him and tried to seize his smartphone, but Abeth can take it back.

For this incident, Papua Police Chief explained that the police currently conduct an investigation over two officers in Jayapura. “But the trial seems to conduct in the city where the incident occurred. As it happened in Nabire and the Prosecutor Office and the High Court already exist in Nabire, the trial seems must be conducted in Nabire,” said the chief.

Meanwhile, Director of Jubi Victor Mambor said the perpetrators of violence could be subject to the criminal act against the law as contained in the Article 18 paragraph 1 of the Law of the Press No. 40, 1999.

Mambor, who is also a certified press expert, stated the article declares that anyone who intentionally commits an action which inhibits or hinders the implementation of the provisions of the Article 4 paragraphs (2) and (3) could be sentenced of a maximum of two years prison or a maximum fine of Rp 500 million.

“If the police want to continue this case to legal action, it should adopt the Press Law as a reference, because it is very obvious to see that the perpetrators deliberately obstructed and impeded the rights of journalist to get and disseminate ideas and information as Abeth did,” said Mambor. (*)

 

Reporter: Yuliana Lantipo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Police come to ULMWP Region Animha during regional meeting

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Act of 1969 – WANI Tabloid

Jayapura, Jubi – The local police came to the regional meeting of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP) Region Animha which attended by regional leaders and delegates that held in their office in Merauke on Saturday (7/29/2018).

According to Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha, Ms Pangkrasia Yeem in a statement received by Jubi on Friday (08/03/2018), Merauke Police leading by the Head of Regional Police Intelligence Budi Santoso had entered the ULMWP Office without permission when the meeting had just finished.

“They asked what the meeting was about,” told Yeem. Then she explained to the police that it was the first meeting after the ULMWP Region Animha declared on 14 July 2018. “And the ULMWP has been sitting together with Indonesia in the Melanesian Spearhead Group,” she said.

After the visit, the ULMWP Region Animha continued their discussion on Thursday (08/02/2018) and read a statement rejecting the results of the 1969 Act of Free Choice. The event was held in the ULMWP Region Animha office and run smoothly.

In her statement, the Deputy Chairperson of the ULMWP Region Animha Pangkrasia Yeem said that the Act of Free Choice occurred 49 years ago in Papua from 14 July to 20 August 1969 was not valid because of not in accordance the international mechanisms.

“Its implementation was also full of intimidation, terror and manipulation. In practice, Indonesia mobilized the troops on a large scale to Papua to overcome the Free Papua movement,” she said. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Deiyai youth figures talk about a year after bloody Oneibo case

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Illustration of human rights. Pixabay.com/Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – Deiyai youth Domininggus Badii said that it was a year right the tragedy of Bloody Oneibo occurred on 1 August 2018. But this incident has continuously kept in people’s memory.

“Though it already passed, the community is still trauma by the incident,” he said. Further, he said the incident involved an officer who shot a civilian when the company PT. Putra Dewa asked for back up to secure the dispute between locals and the company.

Meanwhile, another Deiyai youth Alex Giyai said there is nothing more alive than an injury but the pain and the inability to forget.

“We ask the central, national as well as local governments and the National Human Rights Commission, both provincial and regional House of Representatives to immediately resolve the Oneibo case, but it has not happened for over a year,” he said. (*)

 

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Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Planning honeymoon to Papua, Belinda Lopez was detained in Denpasar

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Belinda Lopez while being held in a room at Ngurah Rai Airport, Denpasar Bali – Belinda Lopez Facebook

Jayapura, Jubi – Belinda Lopez, an Australian doctoral student who conducted a study on Indonesia and Papua, was denied entry by local immigration officers in Denpasar, Bali.

She was then detained in a room at Ngurah Rai Airport from Friday midnight (08/03/2018) to Saturday afternoon (08/04/2018) when Jubi confirmed her via telephone. “I was not allowed to board before 10 pm today, so I was in detention for almost 24 hours before being deported,” said the doctoral candidate of the Cultural Study Program at Macquarie University, Sydney

She also posted about her detention on her Facebook account asking for the reason behind her arrest and deportation plan to immigration officers. However, instead of answering her question, those officers asked her if she was a journalist and has she ever done something wrong in Indonesia?

“The officer asked me at the airport ‘was I a journalist?’ They also asked if I ever had something wrong for Indonesia. I explained that I was on vacation and planned to visit some friends in Bali, Java and come to the Baliem Festival in Papua,” said Lopez who just got married last week in Sydney, Australia.

Separately, Victor Mambor, a senior journalist in Papua who profoundly involved in advocating open access for foreign journalists to Papua, confirmed to Jubi on Saturday (08/04/2018) that such cases are increasingly raising a question of the international community about the freedom of forest journalist to cover news in Indonesia.

“I don’t have information why she was detained. She was an editor in two media in Indonesia. So I think it most likely because of her status as a journalist in the past and her planning to visit Papua to watch the Baliem Valley Festival. Moreover, she was asked to leave Papua two years ago,” said Mambor. (*)

Reporter: Zely Ariane

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