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AJI protests reporter’s prosecution
April 8, 2003, 2:45 pm
Filed under: Berita

The Jakarta Post.com
National News
April 08, 2003

Jakarta: The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) strongly protested the
police’s decision to declare an editor of Tempo magazine, Ahmad Taufik, as a
suspect in a defamation case.

The group urged the police to revoke the status, because under the 1999 Press
Law, an editor could not be declared a suspect for a report published by the
media.

The law says the responsibility in such a case rests with the heads of the
business and editorial sections.

Taufik wrote an article that linked businessman Tomy Winata with the fire that
engulfed Tanah Abang Market in Central Jakarta in February. The report sparked
anger among Tomy’s supporters, who attacked the magazine’s office and its
journalists in retaliation.

The police has also declared Tempo chief editor Bambang Harymurti a suspect in
the case, and three of Tomy’s confidants for the attack.

Taufik had been jailed by former president Soeharto for establishing AJI, then
a counter organization to the government-controlled Indonesian Press
Association (PWI).


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