WEST PAPUA: Calls for safety of Indonesian, West Papuan journalists to be prioritised


Journalists are calling for press freedom in West Papua as World Press Freedom Day events continue in Jakarta, Indonesia. After the days of action, Benny Wenda, prominent UK-based West Papuan lawyer and civil rights campaigner will visit here

AUCKLAND: (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Independent journalists, human rights defenders and freedom organisations in Timor-Leste have called appealed for international bodies to ensure the safety of Indonesian journalists.

With World Press Freedom Day events currently occurring in Jakarta, Indonesia, around 30 Timorese journalists, human rights defenders and members of the Timor Papuan Connection called for the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) to protect independent journalism.

In a statement, the group said independent journalists in Indonesia constantly risk their lives to report, highlighting the intimidation and abuse they face on a daily basis.

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