3 Jul 2020

Fake news and disinformation abound in West Papua

From , 6:02 am on 3 July 2020

Fake news and disinformation are prevalent in coverage of Indonesian-ruled West Papua.

That's according to both Indonesia's government and journalists who cover the region where a conflict over Papuan independence aims has simmered for decades.

This week a virtual panel was held regarding the flow of information about Papua region called 'Understanding Information About the Land of Papua'.

Representing Jakarta was a senior official from Indonesia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sade Bimantara.

He said there is a problem with dis-information about West Papua which is spreading together like a virus, although he identifies it as coming from those leading the Papuan independence movement.

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