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Press Plays Important Role in Supporting Papua Development

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workshop on Legal Protection for Journalists and Media - Jubi

workshop on Legal Protection for Journalists and Media – Jubi

Jayapura, Jubi – The press plays an important role in supporting the development of Papua Province as it also serves as an educator of society, an advisor to Papua governor on regional potential, Kansiana Salle, said .

Journalists must be accurate in presenting news on development, politics and other issues in line with the press code of ethics, he said.
“I think the press workers have a very important role in supporting the development of a region because the public would not recognize the government’s efforts if there is an absence of the press,” said Salle when opening a workshop on Legal Protection for Journalists and Media at Aston Jayapura Hotel, Papua on Monday (15/6/2015).

According to her, today journalists are facing a huge challenge. On one hand, technological advances and changes has encouraged the alteration of both moral and ethical values that bearing a lot of moral dilemmas to be considered among community. That’s why it is difficult to maintain the ethics although it is also increasingly important in maintaining the interest of the profession. Therefore, the ethics of a journalist should be based on moral of profession that associated with the values of Pancasila (State’s Principles).

“A journalist should have an extensive knowledge, be smart and skillful in delivering, managing and disseminating the news or articles to the public concerning with the Press Law No.40/1999,” she said.

Meanwhile, the Legal Commission Chairman of Indonesian Press Council, Yosep Adi Prasetyo said the press has six ideal roles in public, namely monitoring, interpreting, liaising, searching values, entertaining and mobilizing.

In running its monitoring role, the press must able to warn people about the situation or progress occurred in a region, such as warnings of impending flood, degenerated economy, new products and so on. “The press could also warn the official or government of a region about the accurate information, such as its current situation and so on,” said Prasetyo.

Meanwhile, related to the protection of journalist and media in line with the Law No.40/1999 about Press and Political Law adopted on Press Decriminalization, he said the resolution of journalistic mistakes is determined with the right of reply, if it was not meet satisfaction, it would take a legal process with proportional penalty.

“Based on the policy issued by the President Yudhoyono, at the first stage, the press dispute should resolve by the right of reply. And if the agreement wasn’t achieved at the first stage, the dispute should be taken to the Press Council. At the end, if it has not yet accomplished, the resolution through legal process is allowed as long as it is fair, transparent and accountable,” he said.

While the Press Law determines the press disputes if the news about the result of social control function is considered inappropriate, not accurate or false in accordance with the Article 5 Paragraph 2 of the Press Law, the relevant media have obligation to serve the right of reply. Meanwhile if the relevant media refuse to provide the right of reply proportionally, it could charge to pay the penalty of Rp 500 million in referring to the Article 18 Paragraph 2.
“Press can not be charged by Criminal Code. Therefore, if it’s concerning to the matters of news, please communicate it with the Press Council,” he said.

He also added if the disputes occurred in the regional level, journalist or media could ask the assistance from the Press Expert as the representative of Press Council because the expert has responsibility to explain about dealing with cases of a journalist. “Papua only has one expert, that is Victor Mambor. So, if any fellow journalists face a problem concerning to their news, please contact him for assistance and he would help,” said Prasetyo. (Alexander Loen/rom)

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Literacy learning at the University of Cenderawasih

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Elementary school children when visiting a literacy stall in the auditorium of Uncen- Jubi/David Sobolim

Jayapura, Jubi – To introduce the importance of literacy to pupils and college students in Papua, Yayasan Nusantara Sejati in cooperation with the Australian Government, UNICEF Papua and Papua Provincial Education Office and Jayapura Regional Education Office open a literacy stall in a parking lot of the auditorium of the University of Cenderawasih (Uncen) Abepura.

Arlenia Sitepesi, the Chairman Committee of Yayasan Nusantara Sejati, told Jubi on Thursday (7/6/2018) that the exhibition involved twenty schools and five replication schools from the city and district of Jayapura.

“We invite the nearby schools, such as from Abepura, Kotaraja and surrounding areas to participate in the various competitions held.”

The Secretary of Papua Provincial Education Office Protasius Lobya said this literacy program has gained a national recognation and would apply throughout of Indonesia.

Therefore, Papua should be proud of it. “We must support the Papuan context in literacy because it has included in the Special Regulation No. 3 and the Papua Governor’s Regulation No. 23. Budget on education in Papua is very high, so we should support it.” (*)

Reporter: David Sobolim

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua’s legislator: Free from rubella and measles shouldn’t be a media campaign only

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Vice-Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau. – Jubi/Arjuna Pademme

Jayapura, Jubi – The Vice Chairwoman of the Commission V of the Papua House of Representative for Health and Education Maria Duwitau warned the provincial government not set a goal for Papuan children to be free from rubella and measles only on media.

She further said it is difficult to actualise this goal if the access to health services including the regular immunisation program has not been optimal since it has not reached remote areas yet.

“There is a query that should be answered immediately before the government’s commitment to free a million of children from the threat of rubella and measles,” said Duwitau on Thursday (7/6/2018).

Furthermore, she said if the Papua Provincial Government really committed to this goal, they should optimise the health services including the regular immunisation program by developing the local health facilities.

Meanwhile, the Head of Papua’s Health Office Aloysius Giyai admitted that this province still has a problem with the regular immunisation program. The participation rate is below 80 per cent in most districts, which is under the national target.

“Even in some districts with high participation rate, the Universal Child Immunisation (UCI) rate is also below 80 per cent,” said Giyai. (*)

Reporter: Arjuna Pademme

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Developers must complete the permit for housing construction

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Illustration of the rapid growth of housing in Doyo Lama area. – Jubi/Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – As the rapid growth of housing construction in the areas of Sentani Timur, Sentani and Waibhu, the Head of Integrated Permit and Regional Investment Agency of Jayapura District Henock Puraro said developers should administer the IMB (Construction Permit) first for new housing constructions.

Developers who want to build new housings need to arrange an agreement with the tenure of landowners first. Then, they should complete the legal aspect of their proposal,” Puraro told reporter in Jayapura Regent Office at Gunung Merah, Sentani on Thursday (31/5/2018).

He said his office would soon publish about the spatial planning to the public in regards to the ongoing regional development process. “We will publish the system of city spatial planning including the regulation related to housing construction,” he said.

Similarly, the Chairman of Chambers of Commerce and Industry for Jayapura District Henky Yoku said developers should consider the cultural, social and economic aspects of the local community.

“What is the impact of housing development on the local community? Developers cannot just build new housing then take a profit of it. They should take account of the sustainability of the local community who live surrounding the environment. Therefore there is a value added from this development,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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