Indonesia Broadcasting System expected to open station close to RI-PNG Border
Boven Digoel, Papua (Antara News
) - The Legislative Council (DPRD) of Boven Digoel regency, Papua, hopes that the Indonesian Broadcasting System (RRI) open soon a radio station close to the borderline between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea (PNG).
"We really long for the presence of an RRI station in the border area to counter broadcast domination by PNG's and Australia's radio stations," Boven Digoel DPRD Speaker Paulus Wanggimop said here early this week.
Paulus said he had to reiterate his hope as people in Boven Digoel can no longer wait for the presence of a radio broadcast station as the realization of cooperation between the Boven Digoel administration and RRI
Boven Digoel Regent Yusak Yaluwo met with RRI directors in Jakarta last month to discuss the opening a broadcast station close to the borderline in the regency. DPRD Chairman Paulus Waingapu emphasized the importance of opening a broadcast station near the borderline as part of efforts to maintain national unity.
People in Boven Digoel should not get information about the situation in the country only from foreign broadcast stations, which may engineer the news in accordance with their taste, he added.
Petrus K (28), a youngster of the Muyu tribe in Tanah Merah, capital of Boven Digoel regency, conceded that it is difficult for the youth in the border area to get Indonesian broadcasts. "We have become familiar with broadcasting programs in the Indonesian language or English from Australia or Western songs from Papua New Guinea," he said.(*)