President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo - Victor Mambor

We Must Have Mutual Trust As Foreign Journalists Enter Papua, President Says

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President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo - Victor Mambor
President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo – Victor Mambor

Merauke, Jubi- President Joko Widodo reiterated his policy of allowing foreign journalists unfettered access to carry out their journalistic duties in Papua.

He repeated the statement during an exclusive interview with Victor Mambor, a journalist with the Papua-based newspaper Jubi.
“Starting today, Sunday May 10, 2015, the Central Government has opened the widest access to foreign journalists to enter the territory of Papua to conduct their journalistic duties,” President Jokowi said when giving a press conference to a number of print and electronic media journalists in Kampung Wapeko, Kurik District, Merauke after harvesting rice on last Sunday (10/5).

He added that everyone should help ensure that foreign journalists coming to Papua are conducting journalism.
“So, we have to trust each other and do not trigger twisted questions here and there,” he hoped.

When asked by Jubi’s journalist whether all areas in Papua will be accessible to foreign journalists, he then said, there are no restrictions on any particular area or region, all places are accessible foreign journalists same as in other provinces. “That’s all I can tell you. But again, we have to trust each other,” he said. (Frans L Kobun/ Tina)

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