The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) and the International Partnership Mission to Indonesia (IPMI), which includes 10 media organizations and free expression advocates, visited Indonesia from November 9 to 13, 2015 to highlight press freedom and free expression issues as well as provide the government recommendations to address these concerns. The first visit was held in 2014.
Apart from Jakarta, the group went to Papua and South Sulawesi. They met with local journalists, media advocacy groups, and authorities including Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan.
Below is the group’s observations and recommendations to the government of Indonesia released on December 22, 2015 — which, among other things, called for the government of President Joko Widodo to improve the legal environment, resolve pending cases that involve journalists, and provide a free and safe environment for journalists and media workers. The group put emphasis on the enforcement of his order earlier this year to grant foreign journalists access to Papua province.Indonesia.Nov15_Mission_Report