Aliansi Jurnalis Independen

Indonesian army pressures media in its efforts to unseat an opposition leader
June 7, 1996, 10:08 am
Filed under: Laporan

    Country/Topic: Indonesia
Date: 07 June 1996
Source: Institut Studi Arus Informasi (ISAI)
Type(s) of violation(s):
Urgency: Flash

Source: Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), Jakarta

The Indonesian government has put pressure on the local media to report positively on government-backed efforts to unseat Megawati Sukarnoputri, the chairwoman of the opposition Indonesian Democratic Party (PDI). Media sources said that army officers on 2 June 1996 invited most of Indonesia’s chief editors to attend two “media briefings” during which Lt. Gen. Syarwan Hamid, Maj. Gen. Suwarno Adiwijoyo and Brig. Gen. Amir Syarifudin asked them “not to exaggerate” their coverage on Megawati — who is popularly known here by her first name. Continue reading