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Indonesia’s political system has ‘failed minorities’ – like West Papuans

By   /  April 16, 2019  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

“Violence on post-Suharto Indonesia, from Aceh to West Papua, from Kalimantan to the Moluccas, is evidence that Java-centric nationalism is unable to distribute power fairly in an imagined Indonesia. It has created unnecessary paranoia and racism among Indonesian migrants in West Papua.” – Andreas Harsono

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The Ben Bohane photo that Facebook censored on an article about Indonesia

By   /  April 24, 2018  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The original version of this photo, of West Papuan nambas (traditional penis gourds), which was published in the weekend edition of the family newspaper Vanuatu Daily Post and then by Asia Pacific Report, was deemed to have breached Facebook’s “community standards”. The photo was by award-winning photojournalist Ben Bohane, who lives in Vanuatu and whose work was published recently in the PMC book Conflict, Culture and Conscience.

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Activists, media freedom advocates plan ‘global action’ for West Papua

By   /  April 26, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  1 Comment

Freedom advocates and human rights activists will next week focus global attention on the “media blackout” long imposed by Indonesian authorities on West Papua, in spite of promises to open up access to the two adjoining independent Papua New Guinea.

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Journalism as it plays out on the ‘real’ human rights frontlines

By   /  February 20, 2017  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Media Watch, Most Recent Blogs  /  2 Comments

The inaugural Pogau Award for courage in journalism: “Every year this award will always remind us about the human rights abuses never addressed in Indonesia since the 1965 massacre.”

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Ummm – Indonesia just suspended military co-operation with Australia – we might want to pay attention to that

By   /  January 4, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs  /  1 Comment

Just as Indonesia steps up it’s brutal exploitation in West Papua, they have delivered a bombshell decision to suspend military cooperation with Australia…

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Fiji, PNG lead betrayal, but still West Papuans triumph

By   /  June 29, 2015  /  Bloggers, Dr David Robie, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on Fiji, PNG lead betrayal, but still West Papuans triumph

The Melanesian Spearhead Group leaders’ summit in Honiara last week had the opportunity to take a fully principled stand on behalf of the West Papuan people, brutally oppressed by Indonesia for more than a half century. In the end it was a compromise.

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Real media freedom or MSG ‘brownie points’ over West Papua?

By   /  May 13, 2015  /  Bloggers, Deconstructing Headlines, Dr David Robie  /  Comments Off on Real media freedom or MSG ‘brownie points’ over West Papua?

First the end-of-the-media blackout in West Papua promise needs to be put to the test. Foreign journalists, including from Pacific countries and New Zealand, need to take up Jokowi’s challenge – and apply to go to there as soon as possible.

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