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West Papua ‘worst’ Pacific location for journalists

A Pacific Media Centre report says the West Papua region is the most dangerous place for a journalist to visit in the Pacific.

Radio Australia reports the study examined media freedom in the countries of the Pacific Islands Forum, East Timor, the French Pacific territories and West Papua.

Centre Director David Robie says West Papua has the worst environment for journalists.

“In the past year, there’ve been two killings of journalists, five abductions or attempted abductions, 18 assaults, including the stabbing of a journalist by two people on a motorbike and so on and there’ve been repeated cases of intimidation and aggression against journalists and then, of course, there’s the general pattern of censorship by civil and military authorities.

In West Papua, not only the general sort of situation facing journalists, such as criminal libel, but there is a crime of maker, or subversion of which is a concern for journalists too.”

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