29 May 2013

Indonesian embassy in NZ says Papua still too dangerous for journalists

1:48 pm on 29 May 2013

The Indonesian embassy in New Zealand says it may become easier for international journalists to visit Papua, but warns it is still a volatile area.

Achmad Gozali, the Minister-Counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy in New Zealand, says there are many separatist groups in West Papua and journalists still need to be accompanied by officials.

Human rights groups and journalists have for years been reporting on abuse and attacks by Indonesian military and police in the province, and that such violations are largely unpunished.

Mr Gozali says there is some consideration given to journalists but it is still on a case by case basis and he doesn't see unrestricted access happening any time soon.

"There is also some armed forces there from the Papua separatist movement, so it is also very dangerous."

Achmad Gozali, the Minister-Counsellor at the Indonesian Embassy in New Zealand.