Why WestPapuaMedia is having a break from publishing and our exciting new projects – we need your help.

WEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE SUPPORTING WITH A GLOBAL VOICEFor the first time in ten years, WestPapuaMedia is taking a break from regular publication over the next few months as we focus on improving our infrastructure, and work on several innovative new projects that will support credible, quality journalism on the ground in West Papua.

We feel without a current sustainable funding base and savings in the bank, we are unable to ethically provide the correct amount of support currently needed for our brave clandestine stringers and journalists to expose themselves in the field at this point.  We are working hard to create the mechanisms so that they are armed always with real time digital security and support when they do venture into the field, and are able to report safely.  These mechanism of course, we are working hard to develop so that anyone who needs to tell a story of their world – in Papua to begin with – is able to do so, and have their voice heard, and treated with respect.

Currently the amount of fake media, recycledWEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE FRONTLINE CLANDESTINE
and out of context torture photos and misreporting is creating a situation where social media is now dismissed by the powerful around the world as rumour and propaganda.  The work we are doing over the next few months is going to support the capacity of West Papuan people inside West Papua to get their own voices heard with the stories they want to tell.  Not the stories that outsiders want told for their own clickbait donation agendas, or misreported, or not told full stop.

We want to be able to support every rally, every campaign, and to be able to tell every story West Papuans want to tell the the world, especially of those sectors of the population that don’t get a voice currently.

WEB OR FB PAGE IMAGE MEDIA BAN REDUNDANTWe will of course continue to assist foreign journalist to bypass the media ban in West Papua by assisting with SAFE organisation and fixing for undercover stories.  However our main focus is to continue our pioneering work of the last ten years ensure that Jakarta’s Foreign Media Ban is redundant, through the effective and strong real time multimedia reporting capacity of indigenous Papuan journalists is supported.

So our current work over the next few months will be focused on organising West Papua Media’s back archives, our digital media assets, and also restructuring our project to deliver a more robust, intuitive and involving website, with the ability for people on the ground to collaborate with us, safely, with their identities and locations safe.

We will be creating an innovative new digital asset library, with new technologies of verification and safe asset tracking (that will not put the creator’s security at risk)  that will ensure that any creative content, whether photos, videos, or any content and artwork provided to us, will be able to be tracked across the internet, and to enable licensing that will mean money will flow back to the creators so they can sustain their work (and get new equipment etc), or to enable training and supply to new witness journalists to operate effectively and safely.

We have a big checklist of tasks to get through, and wp-1467277981469.jpgwelcome anyone’s assistance to make this a reality.  Please contact us via our contact page if you would like to assist.  You can of course donate to us via a variety of methods, just visit westpapuamedia.info/donate .  We really need your generous financial support to enable this to be reborn in early 2017.  A major crowdfunding campaign will begin late October, and will will be on a contributor and collaborator hunt – especially those who would like to mentor and support individual Papuan journalists in their continued development.

Until then, our work includes:

  • final-eye-safe-logo-file-webrewriting and translating for our side project “eyeSAFEMoJO – the Safe Witnesss Journalism Project“, which can be found at isafemojo.press ,  with tasks including:
    • a list of SAFEApps for enabling journalists and human rights workers on the ground in Papua to collect information safely using mobile tools, without threat of state surveillance and threats by using these unsafe apps and social media;
    • A new Safe Witness Journalism Guide, with graphical how-to’s and updated tactics specific to West Papua with lessons learnt from the last few years of changes in the media environment;
    • Developing a new series of training curricula for digital security and practical safety for frontline clandestine witness and professional journalists to be rolled out for 2017.
    • triage-card-eyesafemojo-logo-wpm-textTailoring our unique and unprecedented JournoTriage News prioritization system.  EyeSAFEMoJo’s JournoTriage Process for Civil Resistance and Human Rights Journalism is a simple concept that adopts traditional newsroom story prioritisation, combining it with the highly effective and universal First Responder’s Mass Casualty Assessment tool.  JournoTriage combines a material (Security, political, repressive, casualty, legality and impunity) conditions crisis assessment of standardised coding system that is understood immediately by journalists, human security, medics, counter-disaster and international agencies -instantly.
    • and of course our major project, final-five-arm-logo-webPROJECT FIVEARM Secure Human Security and Crisis Journalism Reporting Tool and Methodology, with which we are
      hoping to transform the ability  to collect credible, verified and scientifically tested evidence of human security information that can be utilised by journalists, editors, human rights organisations and International bodies to effect real time monitoring and intervention of abuses.


We are really going to need your help to bring these about of course, and will be outlining more in coming months, so keep your ears tuned for announcements on our twitter feed.  Remember to please donate generously at westpapuamedia.info/donate

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Call to consolidate support with West Papua’s fight for self-determination


By Surya Anta, 

published originally in Koran Pembebasan

(Translated by James Balowski, Indoleft) 
September 5, 2016

Increasingly broad mobilisations by the Papuan people in recent years shows that there must be a new assessment of West Papuan as an entity. An entity that should be, must be, recognised as a nation.

Resistance by the Papuan people existed prior to West Papua's integration into Indonesia in 1969, known as Pepera or the so-called "Act of Free Choice", and since that time. However what differentiates the resistance that is currently developing is the method of political mass mobilisations. The current political mass mobilisations are being led or initiated by youth groups such as the Papua Student Alliance (AMP), the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) and the Garda Papua (Papua Guard).

And these youth groups have also greatly developed the understanding that the struggle for Papuan liberation cannot rely on "sympathy" or "international recognition", but must instead depend upon the determined efforts of people's unity and the Papuan nation for its liberation.

In a number of mobilisations, this youth movement has supplanted the "older groups" that were part the armed resistance (the National Liberation Army or TPN and the Free Papua Movement or OPM) that were dividend and fragmented along with other older factions, whether they be part of the Papuan Presidium Council (PDP), the Papua Customary Council (DAP) and the like. In the same manner they have been able to sit together and unite under the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP). Similar unity projects took place in 2005 although they did not last long. The ULMWP as a unity project is more organised compared with earlier attempts.

While in the early years after 2000 the issue of divisions within the movement and the Papuan people between the "interior" and the "coastal" areas coloured the analysis and assessment of West Papua and its movements, in recent years this has become totally irrelevant. Meaning that the unity between Papuan people's groups has become increasingly solid, although attempts at dividing and playing off groups against each other by Jakarta have increased in frequency.

Jakarta's policy of "Special Autonomy" is increasingly understood by the Papuan people as little more than a bribe and illusion. "Special Autonomy" has failed to deliver political freedom, let alone prosperity for the Papuan people. In many instances it has simply left behind school buildings that have no students or community healthcare centres without doctors. Economically, it has only benefited a handful of the elite through infrastructure projects, but failed to address human development as a whole.

Ethnic differences arising from the more than 250 or so tribes that exit in West Papua or the lack of a "Papuan language" can no longer be used as grounds to claim that West Papua does not exist as a "nation". Or likewise the divisions of the Papuan people as a nation, because the development of the Papuan people's movement has demonstrated increasingly close and meaningful social and political bonds.

Why? Of course what is most essential is the oppression of political freedoms (freedom of expression, freedom of association, freedom of speech, and freedom of thinking) along with the exploitation of natural resources by international companies (such as Freeport) that are affiliated with the Indonesian government and are destroying West Papua's environment. Not to mention the exploitation of the Papuan people who earn lower wages than non-Papuans.

Or the share of profits from mining. International companies are "ransacking" Papua's huge natural wealth and human labour. Yet the tiny share of profits that remain in the country are then being "robbed" yet again by the Indonesian government.

Let us look at how the entity of Papua has developed from an "embryo" to an increasingly solid nation.

In the interests of stealing profits from the exploitation of Papua's natural resources, the Pepera was implemented through coercion and manipulation. Following this, those who demanded historical truth were repressed by the military. The interests of international corporations were opened up by the militarism of Suharto's New Order dictatorship through the destruction of the movement and the arrest of Ferry Awom in 1967, who along with others had declared the OPM two years earlier.

Arnold Ap, a Papuan activist and artist in the cultural movement in 1984 was eventually arrested by Kopashanda (now Kopassus, the Army's Special Forces). Arnold Ap's body was found sprawled in the middle of the jungle in April 1994. This was then followed by killings in Enarotali, Obano, Moanemani and Wamena resulting in as many as 10,000 Papuan fleeing to Papua New Guinea (PNG) to seek safety in the years 1977-1978 and the early 1980s. A Military Operational Zone (DOM) came into force in West Papua between 1978 and October 5, 1998.

In 1988 Dr. Thomas Wanggai, who declared Papua independent in 1988, died in detention at Cipinang prison in Jakarta in 1996. The case that still attracts political attention to this day is the Abepura case which resulted in the death of scores of people as well as the more recent bloody Paniai case. These cases do not yet include the shooting of other West Papuan pro-democracy activists, activists that have been jailed for years such as Filep Karma, and the murder of Mako Tabuni. Finally, the more than 1,000 Papuan activists, the majority of which are members of the KNPB, that have been arrested and jailed. Not to mention the murder of unidentified individuals who have been shot or run down by vehicles in the middle of the road.

Rather than providing more democratic space, the government of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, through former Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Luhut Panjaitan (who was recently replaced by former General Wiranto), has allowed an increase in the number of Regional Military Commands (Kodam) and issued discriminatory statements against the ordinary Papuan people.

The massive economic exploitation of natural resources in West Papua is clearly visible. As is taking place in the forests of Wasior, illegal logging by the military and various companies is occurring on a massive scale resulting in the eviction of traditional communities. Protests by these traditional communities have ended in shootings and the death of six people. Not to mention the massive Freeport MacMoran mine, which is largely owned by the US, which began operations in the 1960s.

The Freeport gold and copper mine actually receives tax benefits of between US$700-800 million and as much as US$1 billion annually. Not to mention the various tribes in Papua that have lost their land and livelihoods because of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE), as in the case of the Mahuze clan in Merauke.

They have suffered brutal repression and the destruction of their environment which for them is the "Mother" of the Papuan nation. The Papuan People have experienced racial discrimination both in their own land as well as in other parts of Indonesia such as Manado, North Sulawesi and in the Central Java city of Yogyakarta, as in the recent case of Papuan students at the Papuan Student Dormitory in Kemasan, Yogyakarta. They also suffer racial discrimination in the workplace, both in government institutions and the private sector.

As if this is not enough, the total number of Papuans is steadily declining. Data for the years 2013 and 2014 show that the number of indigenous Papuans was around 1.7 million while the number of non-Papuan migrants stood at 2 million. Data for 2015, up until May, shows the number of indigenous Papuans has declined to 1.5 million while non-Papuans have increased to 2.3 million. According to a statement by the AMP, the number of indigenous Papuans has declined by around 200,000 over just a few months.

The decline in the number of indigenous Papuans is being caused by systematic and massive murder, an atmosphere of fear created by the Indonesian military resulting in migration to PNG, deaths due to HIV and AIDS, alcohol related health problems and child malnutrition.

For the Papuan people, being part of Indonesia for almost 50 years has not brought happiness, but instead physical and psychological repression and the destruction of their "Mother". So what then is the meaning of being part of Indonesia? Increasingly it has no meaning. Increasingly they feel as if they are not part of Indonesia. And that means a growing sentiment for self-determination as an independent nation.

The capitalist economic and political relations in Papua have integrated the Papuan people from various tribes and clans in the markets, schools and universities, hospitals and other places of association. Yet the militaristic repression, the destruction of the environment along with their organisational resistance has provided a material bases for West Papua's development as a nation.

As defenders of democracy and human rights, recognising West Papua as a nation, supporting and giving solidarity to the right to self-determination through a referendum for the Papuan nation, is the way by which to free the Papuan people from the militaristic repression of the Indonesian government, so that the violence will end, so that there will be peace, freedom and prosperity in the land and nation of Papua.

Because of this therefore, we call on our comrades, both as organisations and as individuals, to unite and take a stand in supporting the right to self-determination through a referendum for the Papuan people, to consolidate in building an Indonesian People's Solidarity movement for the Nation of West Papua.

[Surya Anta is the spokesperson of the People's Liberation Party (PPR). Translated by James Balowski for the Indoleft News Service. The original title of the report was "Seruan Konsolidasi Rakyat Indonesia bagi Bangsa Papua".]

​Breaking: ULMWP membership of Melanesian Spearhead Group decision deferred until September in Vanuatu.


July 14th, 2016

Victor Yeimo, Chairman, West Papua National Committee, was in attendance inside the MSG meeting, after the United Liberation Movement for West Papua membership decision was deferred due to a legal wording technicality.

Contrary to reports by Indonesia, this postponement has been a technical issue due to confusing legal definitions, and not a rejection of the membership process for ULMWP, according to Yeimo.

“Our application was postponed to the next special summit before September, that will be done in Vanuatu. The reasons for delays are due to the definition of “new members”, that has not formulated properly to ensure ULMWP’s application will be accepted. The existing definition not only to accept ULMWP, may threaten FLKNS  (Kanaky )membership as an MSG founding member. This is only a postponement.”

This postponement is to allow all parties to strengthen the MSG binding mechanisms, and is not viewed as a rejection nor a defeat for the ULMWP.

Trump explained, “Secondly, the three members who have been supporting us, will soon make an agreement stating that they will not only fight for ULMWP to become full members of MSG, but to mobilize the power of the state, both the countries of the Pacific and rest of the world, in helping the people of Papua to the right of self-determination.”

“This agreement will be signed by Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, the Vanuatu PM, FLKNS chairman, and secretary general of ULMWP. To move towards the deal, tomorrow in Honiara, will be held a special meeting of several members of the MSG and PIDF from Polynesia and Micronesia. This is the first international meeting in the region.”

Victor Yeimo

More to come from WestPapuaMedia and TabloidJubi.com

Jubi Journalists Told to Coordinate Reporting Agenda with Police — West Papua No.1 News Portal

by Victor Mambor at WPM Partner Tabloid Jubi’s West Papua Daily.

Reprinted here in full via Jubi Journalists Told to Coordinate Reporting Agenda with Police — West Papua No.1 News Portal

originally published June 16, 2016 – apologies for delay


Jubi Illustration


Jayapura, Jubi – Jayapura Police Deputy Chief Police Commissionaire Arnold Tata warned two Jubi journalists Benny Mawel and Zely Ariane to make early coordination with the Police while covering a rally by the West Papua National Committee (KNPB) Sentani Region on Wednesday (15/6/2016).
Both took photographs and video for reportage and followed the protesters who were arrested and taken to Jayapura Police Office.

Riding a motorcycle, both journalists intended to cover the arrests at the Police station, but an officer stopped them in front of the station.

An officer from the Sabara Unit warned the two that their journalistic activity was considered intrusive.

Mawel explained that as a journalist, based on the Press Law, they have the right to do their job without restrictions.

But the Police did not want to listen any further.

Deputy Police Chief Tata said KNPB rally was illegal, so reporting is not required.

To calm down the tension, he asked both to enter the Police station to talk with Jayapura Police spokesperson, Inspector Imam Rubianto who then asked permission to photocopy their ID and press cards.

He said during the time the Police considered Jubi is less coordinated with the Police in Sentani area, less participated in such activities carried out by Jayapura Police.

“In many activities held by Jayapura Police, other media came to participate, while Jubi has never been there,” he said while pointing the photographs of their activities hanging on the wall of his office’s lobby.

He also asked Jubi to be more cooperative with the Police related to the reporting agenda. He didn’t question about the reporting done by both journalists today, but he only wanted Jubi to coordinate with Jayapura Police Public Relation.

Jubi Editor-in-chief Dominggus Mampioper said there is no obligation for reporters to do early coordination with the Police in doing coverage.

“Journalist is assigned to cover the fact of ongoing event, and KNPB rally was real happening, doesn’t matter if it was legal or not we should keep reporting it,” said Mampioper. (Victor Mambor/rom)


JUBI: Merauke Government Restricts Palm Oil Investment — West Papua No.1 News Portal

via our Partners at Tabloid Jubi’s West Papua Daily

Indigenous people in Merauke refuse palm oil plantation on their lands – SKP Merauke Merauke, Jubi – Merauke Regent Frederikus Gebze said his administration would restrict palm oil operations and applications for permits from investors would be carefully reviewed. He said palm oil plantation operations had destroyed the forest and caused environmental damage. “It becomes…

full story at  Merauke Government Restricts Palm Oil Investment — West Papua No.1 News Portal