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Two French journos were sponsored by Garuda deported from Indonesia



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Jayapura, Jubi – The Tembagapura Immigration Office in Papua province deported two French nationals on Friday for violating their Indonesian visa.

The two French citizens, identified as Frank Jean Piere Escudie and Basile Marie Longchamp, violated their visa to make a documentary film under the project “The Explorers” in several places in the eastern most Indonesian province of Papua, Head of the Tembagapura Immigration Office Jesaja Samuel Enock said on Saturday.

“Based on the results of the interrogation, the two French nationals used visit visas to make a documentary film on nature, culture, and other attractions in Papua, without holding necessary permits from the authorized agencies,” he stated, as quoted by Antara.

They were deported to their country by Garuda Indonesia flight from Mozes Kilangin Airport in Timika en route to Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Banten province on Friday evening.

They would be flown to their country on Friday night or early on Saturday, he noted.

Samuel said the two journalists had not yet obtained a reporting permit, although both of them already had a permit from the Tourism Ministry and their activities were sponsored by Garuda.  They were charged with violating Article 75 (1) of the 2011 Immigration Law.

The Alliance of Independent Journalist chapter on Papua was regret over immigration office action.

Fabio Lopes, coordinator of advocacy on AJI Jayapura said the deportation shows that Indonesia President policies to open the access for foreign journalists to Papua has not been implemented properly.

“President Jokowi optimistically said foreign journalist is free to enter West Papua. AJI Jayapura see there are still international isolation for the public information about the actual condition of Papua,” said Fabio, Saturday (18/03/2017).

As a result, he added, information about infrastructure development, improvement of the social economy, the protection of human rights and a number of other issues for the international public is limited.

AJI Jayapura, he continued, urges the government to be open and transparent related to the issues in Papua for all members of the press at local, national, and international level.

“The goal for the coverage related to all the problems in Papua could be a correction and a reference for the government as policy makers,” said Fabio.

Before deported, both of them were taken into custody when they were about to take pictures of Cartenz areas using a helicopter. They also planned to travel to Asmat, Wamena, and Raja Ampat and Sorong in West Papua.

In 2014, Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were deported for carrying out journalistic activities during a tourist visit after spent some months in prison. (*)



Indonesian military to complete Trans-Papua Highway



Indonesian soldiers participate in a major military jungle warfare exercise in Poso, in central Sulawesi island, on March 31, 2015. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Officials working on a troubled road project in Papua say Indonesia’s military will complete the job this year.

In December, at least 16 Indonesians working on the Trans-Papua Highway in Nduga province were massacred by fighters from the West Papua Liberation Army.

The project was put on hold with the military saying it would take over work on the 4000 kilometre highway.

Combat engineers will reportedly carry out the construction, with hundreds of extra security personnel deployed to the area.

Detik News reports a military battalion has been assigned to the building of the project’s remaining 16 bridges.

Indonesian army engineers had already been working on the Trans-Papua Highway project for a number of years.

Military involvement in the project was cited by the Liberation Army as a central reason for killing the road workers, who were suspected of being soldiers. (*)



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Indonesian soldier dead after attack at Papua airport



Members of the Indonesian Army in Papua. -Photo: AFP

Papua, Jubi – Indonesia’s military has evacuated the body of a soldier killed at an airport in Papua’s Highlands on Monday.

Xinhua reported that gunmen shot at an arriving aircraft carrying soldiers at Mapenduma airport of Nduga district, leaving one soldier dead.

Military spokesman Colonel Muhammad Aidi said when the plane was about to land, it was shot at, and soldiers who were guarding the airport shot back, triggering gunfire exchange.

He said the gunmen retreated and escaped to the forest and the plane landed.

Tempo reported that two soldiers were shot, and hospitalised, with one dying later.

The soldier’s body has been evacuated to Papua’s provincial capital Jayapura,

He is the latest apparent victim in the Highlands conflict between guerilla forces of the West Papua Liberation Army and Indonesian security forces that intensified last year. (*)



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A sad story of education from Papuan outreached and border areas



Pupils at schools in outreached Papua. – Jubi/Dok

Jayapura, Jubi – Education, in Papua today is still a sad story since many schools in outreached or border areas have to struggle to continue their activities even without adequate support from the government.

An educational activist Agustinus Kadepa said the education in Papua, especially in the border and outreached areas, is a complex issue, from the lack of teachers’ attendance to lack of teaching facilities that hampers the learning activities at school.

“This is complicated. Furthermore, we know that a good and qualified educational education could exist when it gains support from many aspects, namely the economy, educational facilities, public awareness of education and so on. Therefore, I think these factors have made many teachers prefer to live in town rather than in those remote areas,” said Kadepa on Thursday (24/1/2019).

Another factor is when teachers apply for the position of civil servants. It has an indirect impact on the number of teachers staying at schools, especially in remote areas. Because most of those teachers would accept the new position as a civil servant and choose to live in town rather than continue teaching in remote areas.

Meanwhile, this problem also considered by the village chief of Kampung Moso, Muara Tami Sub-district of Jayapura Municipality, Agus Watapoa. He said that all the time the primary schools of the Indonesian and PNG border have not a sufficient number of teachers. Therefore, the children are neglected and cannot study at school.

“Teachers who teach in this school village come late to school, at 10 in the morning. So this school is not well running. It’s still open but just not running very well because we only have two classes with a roof,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Agus Pabika

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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