14 Oct 2013

West Papuan relaxation on journalists knocked back by Jakarta

4:41 pm on 14 October 2013

The Indonesian government appears to have quashed expectations that heavy restrictions on media access to the Papua are about to be lifted.

Last week the governor of Papua, Lukas Enembe, said he wanted to welcome reporters and non-governmental organisations to the area.

But the Age newspaper reports this was quickly dismissed by the central government in Jakarta, which still requires journalists to apply for special permits to go to the region, and to take secret police officers with them if they are approved.