French journalist Cyril Payen is still barred from entering Indonesia following his 2015 documentary film, Indonésie : la guerre oubliée des Papous (The Forgotten War in Papua).
Analysis by Tempo in Pacific Media Watch
THE blacklisting of Jack Hewson, a freelance journalist working for Al Jazeera, shows the Indonesian government’s paranoia towards foreign journalists.
The government should allow the foreign press to cover Papua. Preventing journalists from reporting the facts there is not a good testament on the claim of press freedom in Indonesia.
It transpires that the request for the ban came from the Indonesian Military (TNI).
According to the Immigration Directorate General, Hewson is suspected of “dangerous activities, endangering security and public order”.