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INDONESIA: Over twenty journalists beaten covering election campaign
June 3, 1997, 10:03 am
Filed under: Laporan

Pacific Media Watch

Title — P09 INDONESIA: Media harassed during election
Date — 3 June 1997
Origin — IFEX
Source — Institute for the Studies on Free Flow of Information (ISAI), Jakarta
Status — Unabridged

INDONESIA: Over twenty journalists beaten covering election campaign

(ISAI/IFEX) – The only independent union of Indonesian journalists reported that more than 20 journalists were beaten, harassed and had their films seized while covering the Indonesian election campaign which ended with the 29 May elections (see details below). On 28 May, representatives of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) reported to the Indonesian Commission on Human Rights that violence had once again caused difficulties for the media covering the elections. AJI Secretary General Satrio Arismunandar deplored the violence, saying that both military officers and pro-government militia were the ones who were mostly involved in the violence. “I believe we have to create a situation in which journalists can do their jobs freely…so that we can be good observers for the election,” said Arismunandar. Continue reading