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Internet blackout hampers journalists' work in Papua

  • Nurni Sulaiman

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, September 4 2019   /  12:54 am

Security measures and an internet blackout were the government's swift response against massive protests that turned into unrest in Papua and West Papua in the past two weeks, following the racist persecution of students from the country’s easternmost province in East Java.The internet blackout has frustrated journalists reporting from the restive provinces as they struggle to gather information quickly and accurately and deliver live news reports. To make matters worse, e-commerce platforms and application-based service companies have also been affected by the blackout.INews TV reporter Cornelia Mudumi Agaki expressed her disagreement of the government’s decision to restrict internet access in Papua, saying it was a form of technological setback that had a negative impact on locals and journalists in the area."I feel like I'm back in the Stone Age. As a journalist, the blackout deep...