Pacific Media Watch

14 March 2011

WEST PAPUA: Indonesia may lift media restrictions

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Indonesian Vice-President Boediono. Photo: Jakarta Globe

JAYAPURA : The Indonesian government says it will consider lifting restrictions banning journalists from the troubled province of Papua.

Karon Snowdon reports Indonesia's poorly developed western province of Papua is rich in natural resources but is the country's poorest.

Papuans complain of human rights abuses by security forces, corruption, inadequate development and a flood of internal migrants.

It is largely off limits to the international and domestic media.

Vice-President Boediono will head a review into conditions in Papua, including media restrictions. - Radio Australia/Pacific Media Watch

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