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Jakarta Post

Investigation reveals disinformation campaigns on Papuan issues

  • Kharishar Kahfi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, October 31, 2019   /  10:57 am
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Young people grouped under the Papuan Student Alliance protest in front of the Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Aug. 28. They rejected racial abuse and demanded the government end the internet blackout in West Papua and Papua. (JP/Donny Fernando)

A recent digital forensic investigation has revealed that multiple attempts have taken place in the digital world to manipulate the narrative about the protests and riots in the Papua and West Papua provinces in favor of the Indonesian government. The joint investigation, launched by the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), found at least two online influence campaigns had been “disseminating pro-Indonesian government material on the issue of West Papua”. The Papua issue refers to widespread protests against the racial abuse suffered by Papuans, which eventually led to riots. The first of the recent incidents of abuse occurred in August in Surabaya, East Java, which triggered protests in some cities, including in Jakarta. The second abuse allegedly occurred in Papua, where a non-native teacher at a local high sc...