31 Jul 2014

NZ Parliament urges media freedom in West Papua

11:01 am on 31 July 2014

A resolution to call upon the new President of Indonesia to commit to genuine media freedom in West Papua has gained historic cross-party support in New Zealand's parliament.

The resolution was put forward by the Green Party MP Catherine Delahunty.

In her resolution, Ms Delahunty said genuine media freedom includes the right of local and international journalists to report on the political situation in Indonesia's Papua region without risk of imprisonment or harassment by the state.

This comes as a visiting West Papuan journalist Victor Mambor has appealled for New Zealand support for this and other fundamental democratic rights of Papuans to be recognised.