Journalist visits to Papua a distant proposition - Natalegawa | Pacific Beat

Journalist visits to Papua a distant proposition - Natalegawa

Journalist visits to Papua a distant proposition - Natalegawa

Updated 16 July 2013, 16:42 AEST

Indonesia's Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa says he believes foreign journalists should be allowed to report from the country's troubled Papua provinces.

International media are effectively banned from reporting freely within Papua, where separatist groups have been waging a struggle for independence for about 50 years.

Mr Natalegawa says lifting restrictions on foreign media could improve the public's perception of the conflict, but he says it'll take time to gain enough political support for the move.

Speaker:Marty Natalegawa, Indonesia's Foreign Minister

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