Papua New Guinea

The arrest and expulsion of Australian journalist Rebecca Henschke from the Indonesian province of (West) Papua over the weekend again highlights the sensitivities of the Indonesian military, the TNI, and its desire for over the territory. It also shows, again, that while Papua is more open to journalists than in the past, that openness remains limited, reflecting the TNI’s deep paranoia about separatist sentiments in the mineral-rich province.

Henschke, a BBC correspondent in Jakarta, was arrested after tweeting that malnourished children in Papua were to be given "instant noodles, super sweet soft drinks and biscuits" and that children in hospital have chocolate biscuits to eat "and that’s it". Henschke also tweeted a picture of Indonesian soldiers with a bird in a cage, which could have been interpreted as illegal wildlife smuggling.