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Press Council: Papua Only Has One Press Expert

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workshop on Legal Protection for Journalists and Media - Jubi

workshop on Legal Protection for Journalists and Media – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – If a dispute related to the news occurred at regional level, journalists or media could ask the Press Expert for assistance. Representing the Press Council, the Press Expert is responsible to explain how to deal with journalistic cases, said the Legal Commission Chairman of the Indonesian Press Council, Yosep Adi Prasetyo in the Workshop on Legal Protection for Journalist and Media held at Jayapura Aston Hotel on Monday (15/6/2015).

According to him, a press expert is a representative of the Press Council in case of press dispute at regional level.

The press expert is needed due to limited members of Press Council while the press disputes are unpredictable and likely to increase.

The role of press expert is mentioned in the Regulation No.10 of Press Council about the Statement of Press Council’s Expert. The regulation said “In order to execute the task and role of Press Council in accordance to the Law No.40/1999 about Press and to execute the Supreme Court Circular (SEMA) No.13 dated 30 December 2008 on the request information from expert witnesses, it is applied as the reference of Press Council about the statements of experts from Press Council”.
“Press expert is someone who has special expertise in providing information on behalf of the Press Council. They are certified by the Press Council to provide specific information in press dispute in the court,” Prasetyo said.

According to him, currently Indonesia only has 76 press experts who assist the Press Council in the court related to press disputes. “While the press expert for Papua (including West Papua Province) is only one, that is Victor Mambor. So if fellow journalists encountered a problem related to reporting, please contact him and he will help,” said Prasetyo.

However, he reminded that a press expert could not testify in the dispute at his working place. “If the press dispute was involve Jubi where Victor Mambor works, he could not testify as press expert in the court. Other expert will replace him. It could be someone from outside of Papua,” he said.

Separately, Victor Mambor said one of press issues in Papua that should be addressed is legal entity that runs the press company. “In the article 1 paragraph 4 of the Press Law said journalist is individual who regularly run a journalistic activity. It means as long as the journalist conduct his works properly, he will be protected by Law. But the article 2 mentioned the Press Company is the Indonesian legal entity that runs business of media. Meanwhile, we knew that currently many journalistic activities were running by community and bloggers who are not working for the authorized Press Company,” Mambor said.

According to him, the Press Council recommended the legal entity that able to run the media business is the Limited Corporation, Foundation or Cooperation. “We just can’t deny about this fact. On the legal side, it could be a challenge for the Press Council to settle the dispute if it was involved those who run the journalistic activities but have no connection with authorized Press Company,” said Mambor. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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Papuan Film Festival pictures the voiceless

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Jayapura Deputy Mayor of Jayapura Rustan Saru (in the centre) photographed with the Chairperson of FFP II Organizing Committee Harun Rumbarar (in the right) and one of the visitors. – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura City, Tuesday, 7 August 2018, visitors crowded in Lokabudaya Expo Museum Waena, Heram sub-district to attend the Papua Film Festival held by a film community Papuan Voice for three days from 7 to 9 August 2018.

A festival participant Mecky Yeimo said the films screened in the festival provide a lot of information about the land disputes between native landowners and investors. “I am happy because as Papuans we can get a lot of information about the deprivation of the rights of indigenous people in Papua,” he said.

Further, he said Papuans are commonly known for their culture of oral tradition, and the information in the films becomes an interesting issue to discuss in the future.

Meanwhile, the chairman of Pusaka Foundation Frangky Samperante, who met Jubi at the same place, said FFP is a forum where people can find out the facts that occurred in many areas in Papua. “Films can be the basis for people to make a judgment based on the information they see and hear,” said Samperante.

Furthermore, he considered this film community could become an agent for Papuans to voice their aspirations and to express their expressions. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

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. (*)

 

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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