Indonesian President Lifts Foreign Media Restrictions

JAKARTA Indonesia's president said on Sunday that foreign journalists no longer need special permission to travel to the politically-sensitive Papua province, lifting decades-old restrictions imposed due to a long simmering secessionist movement. The announcement comes a day after President Joko Widodo pardoned five political prisoners in Papua, home to a small insurgency that has clashed with the military and police over the past decades. Last year, two French journalists were convicted of misusing their tourist visas to work as journalists in Papua and spent 11 weeks in detention before being sent back to France.



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