Some of our real time work has assisted directly in the prevention of mass acts of violence by the Indonesian security forces, such as our coverage and media advocacy fixing of the July 8-9 occupation of the regional Parliament House. With less than ten minutes before the deadline for dispersal of the 2 day rally of over 45,000 people, the Indonesian security forces were forced to back down due to a BBC report, organised by West Papua Media Alerts, that brought international attention the crisis situation. Extensive international diplomacy occurred in that 15 minutes, together with the extreme discipline of the mass protest, forced Indonesian security to back down. That is just one example of the power of a real time media tool such as West Papua Media Alerts to avert disaster and save lives. Help keep us effective well into 2011.
Once again, you can donate by clicking to our Paypal site:
or by visiting westpapuamedia.info and clicking on the Donate button at the top right of the page;
This has primarily been self funded, and our well has run dry. Several of our members can no longer contribute funding as they have to pay for medical costs associated with overwork. We are at the stage that without funding soon we will have to review our operations. Please help now to allow us to continue, we can only survive with your help.
This work comes at a cost. After the release of the torture videos, West Papua Media was the first of five organisations subjected to a massive, organised Distributed Denial of Service cyber-attack, which investigating agencies have classified as an act of cyber-terrorism. We have had to spend a great deal of time and money to make our systems resistant to further acts of aggression. However, these attacks only increased our resolve to keep working harder to expose Indonesian abuses in Papua
In 2011, West Papua Media is conducting groundbreaking citizen and human rights media safety and investigations training, and is also seeking to engage and support many more Papuan journalists to tell their peoples story to the world. Simply to break even and cover our immediate costs for this work, we have an initial target of A$6000 while we search for ongoing funding for this groundbreaking project. your contribution will help secure major and safe citizen media development outcomes for West Papuan people.
Once again, you can donate by clicking on the link below:
https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=ACBNBWT6XA4KJ or by visiting westpapuamedia.info and clicking on the Donate button at the top right of the page;
or (if you are in Australia) by depositing directly into the following Bank Account:
Account Number: 140780594
If you are from outside of Australia and wish to do a bank transfer, please contact us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The development of West Papua`s own media voice is something which needs your support. Please help us to help West Papuan people make their voice their weapon.
With deep appreciation and solidarity,
on behalf of West Papua Media.
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