Victor Yeimo (center) in the Abepura Prison (Jubi)
Suva, 15/3 (Jubi) – West Papua National Commitee ( KNBP) accused one of local news paper using an unknown resource person in order to pit against Papuan people.

Chairman of the KNPB, Victor Yeimo demanded Bintang Papua daily to reveal who is the informant called as a KNPB executor.

” I strongly urge Bintang Papua journalist who released the news on Saturday, March 15 to explain to the public and the KNPB board about the true identity of Ranus Penggu because KNPB does not recognize him and even there is no” executor position” within KNBP structure. ” Yeimo wrote via short message to on Saturday afternoon (15/3).

Whether it was done intentionally or not, Bintang Papua daily has already used the informant to give feedback regarding a meeting between someone who claimed as a frontman’s Liberation Army National – Free Papua Movement (TPN/OPM) and commander of the militer resort/ 172/PWY, colonel Herman Asaribab.

“This news is not credible and unaccountable. KNPB has a spokesperson and always invite journalists to a press conference officially. So what’s the intention of Bintang Papua journalist wrote a story based on information via Short Message Service? ” Yeimo questioned.

Victor Yeimo, who also a Papuan political prisoner in Abepura jail hopes that Bintang Papua will clarify it.

While Victor Mambor, chairman of the Jayapura Alliance of Independent Journalists said that this kind of things often happens in Papua because Papua is well-known as the “hot land” that certain people always take advantages to the problems occurred in Papua. He also admitted that he often receives message via cellphone about TPN/ OPM or the military and police from people who introduce themselves as leaders of the TPN / OPM or officials from Jakarta. He also wonders what is the motive of these senders delivering this kind of messages to him.

” Not only from people who claim as a frontman of TPN / OPM but also there is unusual SMS or e-mail on behalf of Indonesian officials in Jakarta,” Mambor said.

Therefore, as a journalist, it is very important to confirm and verify the news particularly sensitive issues like the shooting issue in Puncak Jaya and Timika. (Jubi / Benny Mawel/ Tina)

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