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Local journalists forbid from covering the launch of Hercules aircraft in Yahukimo



Four journos forbid from covering the launch of Hercules aircraft in Dekai, Yahukimo Papua Province, April 15th 2017 (From left to right) Ardi Bayage, Piter Lokon, Yonatan Itlay and Herens Lokon – Jubi/Yuliana Lantipo

Yahukimo, Jubi – The launch of Herkules aircraft belonging to Indonesian Air Force (AI) A-I332 at Nop Goliat Dekai airport, was marked by a ban on coverage.

Four journalists from, and Weekly Kabar Kampung are not allowed to cover by police officers of Yahukimo Resort Police and airport officials on Saturday (April 15th).

Herens Lokon, reporter at Kabar Kampung said he was with his director, Yonatan Itlay, and would like to cover the landed plane. But they were stopped at the departure gate by two police officers from Yahukimo Resort police, and an airport employee. They were banned to enter.

Lokon suspects that the officers did not know them, while he said there were only few indigenous journalists in Yahukimo, so they should have known them. According to him there were possibility that the officers were new around that place.

Journalists at, Piter Lokon, and Ardi Bayage from were also prohibited from entering the airport by the same police officers and airport employees.

“They said the ceremony is later in afternoon so we are not allowed to enter, while the plane is landing at the airport,” said Piter Lokon.

According to Piter, when he asked the reason behind the banned, the two police officers and airport employees admitted that they were ordered to do so from Yahukimo Transportation Department and their leaders.

Although the four journalists said they would only like to take photos of the landed Hercules they were still banned by the officers.

They can see inside the airport other reporters coming from Jayapura which ready to cover the arrival of the plane.

Head of Yahukimo District Transportation Department, Yakober Mendila ST, denied the reasons given by the two police officers and airport officials.

“We will not prohibit journalists from covering. We prefer reporters to cover. There is no reason we would like to limit the coverage,” said Mendila.

Deputy Chief of Yahukimo Resort Police, AKBP. Yohanes Itlay claimed to Jubi that he never give orders to prohibit journalists perform coverage for the aircraft launching. He deplored his members’ attitude towards journalists.

“We never order to ban the media coverage. Probably the our officers who banned the journos were busy serving the people at the entrance, “said the Deputy.(*)


ULMWP plans peaceful movements in seven indigenous territories




United Liberation Movement for West Papua Action Committee (ULMWP) team – Jubi / Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi – ULMWP going to hold peaceful demonstrations in seven indigenous territories of West Papua on 24 – 28 September 2018.

Ice Murib, the spokesperson of action committee for the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP), stated in a press conference held in the Papuan Customary Council, Expo Waena on Wednesday (08/19/2018).

The central theme is to give full support to Vanuatu and other Pacific countries to address the issue of West Papua to the UN General Assembly 2019.

“We will conduct a peaceful movement in indigenous territories of Mamta and Animha on 24 September 2018 centred in Hollandia (Jayapura), whereas the same activities in other regions will be on the following dates,” said Murib.

Murib further said the delegations of ULMWP and Vanuatu are going to attend the 73rd UN General Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland. So far, Vanuatu has made a resolution enforcing the rights of self-determination for West Papua to be submitted at the hearing.

“They will also mobilise support from other countries to promote self-determination for West Papua,” continued Murib.

For this reason, he appealed to all people including students, civil servants and those who are care of independence to participate in the movement. “You can do whatever you want to celebrate it. Pray, do orations, give speeches and so on.”

In Jayapura, the rally will start from different points namely Expo, Lingkaran Abe and Dok V and then the mass will gather at Perumnas 3 Waena. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papua Governor: No more conflicts in Puncak Jaya




Illustration of Mulia City, Puncak Jaya Regency. – Jubi / Doc

Jayapura, Jubi – Papua Governor Lukas Enembe said Puncak Jaya District there should not be a stigma for Puncak Jaya District as a conflict area because it is not a killing field. In contrary, this area is safe and peaceful.

“I governed this region once, so I know what people want. For that reason, I ask the local government officials to be able to take care of the community so to avoid more conflicts,” told Enembe to reporters on Thursday (09/13/2018) at the Office of the Papuan People’s Assembly (MRP).

Furthermore, the governor said to avoid conflicts between different tribes and groups; the government officials should not also act to represent their personal or group interests.

Separately, Papua Police Deputy Chief the Brigadier General Yakoubus Marjuki said that the police always try to use a subtle approach to solve conflicts in Papua.

“This is our commitment because we want every region in Papua to always be safe and peaceful including in Puncak Jaya.” (*)


Reporter: Roy Ratumakin

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Jayapura presents Tanah Merah Maritime Festival in November




The coastal indigenous dance performed at the Tanah Merah Maritime Festival last year. – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – the Local government of Jayapura District started a campaign introducing the Maritime Festival of Tanah Merah (FBTM) that will be held from 19 to 21 November 2018 in Entiyebo, Tablanusu Village, Depapre Sub-district.

FBFM, which held in 2014 for the first time, is part of the annual tourism agenda of the local government along with the Lake Sentani Festival.

The Acting Head of Culture and Tourism Office of Jayapura District Benyamin Yerisetouw said his office has campaigned about this event to some village heads and community leaders in the five coastal sub-districts within the district.

“Our target is, by 19 to 21 November, all communities can participate in this event, in particular, those from the coastal areas, as well as domestic and international tourists,” Yerisetouw explained when met in his office on Friday (9/14/2018).

Meanwhile, the Chairman of Indonesian Commerce of Chamber and Industry of Jayapura District Hengky Yoku said the economic development of the local community relies on its potential resources.

“This area has many activities which can promote the cultural history of the local community. When this comes in forms of festival or performance, there is an economic value that resulted from transactions of local community and visitors who attend the event.” (*)


Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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