TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The government decided to re-open the internet access in two Papua districts, namely Mimika and Jayawijaya. The revocation of internet restriction will commence at 21:00 Eastern Indonesia Time (WIT) today, September 10.
"The revocation of internet restriction is done as the situation and safety level in Jayawijaya and Mikimika districts are under control," said the acting head of public relation bureau at the communication and informatics ministry, Ferdinandus Setu, in a press release in Jakarta, Tuesday, September 10.
Previously, the government decided to open internet access in Papua and West Papua provinces that was previously blocked following rioting in several locations. The government said the internet blocking was aimed at reducing hoaxes spread on the internet, including social media.
From the total of 29 regencies/cities, the internet block in 27 regencies in Papua has been revoked, including Mimika and Jayawijaya districts.
Meanwhile, in West Papua, 11 from 13 regencies/cities can now enjoy internet access. "We're still monitoring the situation in Manokwari and Sorong for the next 1 or 2 days," Ferdinandus remarked.