The press in Indonesia is partly free and a wide variety of newspapers, radio and TV stations operate in the country. Nonetheless freedom of speech is somehow marred by blasphemy and strict libel laws. A recent case saw a civil servant arrested over a Facebook posting stating that â€œGod does not existâ€. He was additionally charged with â€œdisseminating information aimed at inciting religious hatred or hostilityâ€ and eventually sentenced to 30 months in prison and a fine of around US$10,300. Broadcasting of foreign media through local stations, as well as foreign broadcasting ownership, is banned. Journalists also often face physical threats, and harassment, by both national authorities and private actors. In 2012 two journalists were killed. One was about to
cover regional elections, while the second one had been critical about a regional police force. Murders such as these are often not adequately prosecuted. Apart from many other cases of threats, six journalists were attacked by military personnel while reporting on the crash of a military jet. The province of West Papua continues to be especially dangerous for reporters, and only few national press members can enter under strict supervision, while foreign journalists are entirely banned from the region.