Tanah Papua, Asia-Pacific News Blind Spots and Citizen Media: From the ‘Act of Free Choice’ Betrayal to a Social Media Revolution

  title={Tanah Papua, Asia-Pacific News Blind Spots and Citizen Media: From the ‘Act of Free Choice’ Betrayal to a Social Media Revolution},
  author={David Robie},
  journal={Pacific Journalism Review},
  • D. Robie
  • Published 30 November 2017
  • Political Science
  • Pacific Journalism Review
For five decades Tanah Papua, or the West Papua half of the island of New Guinea on the intersection of Asia and the Pacific, has been a critical issue for the region with a majority of the Melanesian population supporting self-determination, and ultimately independence. While being prepared for eventual post-war independence by the Dutch colonial authorities, Indonesian paratroopers and marines invaded the territory in 1962 in an ill-fated military expedition dubbed Operation Trikora (‘People… 

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