Indonesia denies restricting media access to Papua

Indonesia denies restricting media access to Papua

Indonesia denies restricting media access to Papua

Updated 10 December 2012, 20:59 AEST

Indonesia's Foreign Minister has vowed to review any cases of journalists being refused entry to the country's disputed Papua regions.

Indonesia's Foreign Minister has vowed to review any cases of journalists being refused entry to the country's disputed Papua regions.

Marty Natalegawa has told a foreign journalists' group that 35 reporters have been granted access to Papuan provinces in the past year.

But it is understood most, if not all, were travel journalists.

Seven were rejected, and the ABC's 7.30 program sent reporters to West Papua without permission.

Mr Natalegawa says there should be open access to report in the area but there are security concerns.

He has demanded his department tell him if a journalist is denied access.

"If there are cases of rejection, you must tell me so I can look into the cases personally," he said.

He says he does not mind what people report on and also offered to accompany one journalist there to report on whatever they wish.