Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is troubled and saddened to learn of the death
of Muhammad Syaifullah, who headed the Borneo bureau of Kompas, Indonesia’s biggest daily
Syaifullah, a well-known journalist who reported on
environmental issues, was found dead on July 26 at his rented home in Balikpapan, East
The last report by Syaifullah, who reported extensively on
illegal logging and environmental destruction in the region, focused on
problems relating to coal mining in Borneo.
“The IFJ calls on Indonesia’s national authorities to
conduct a prompt, full and transparent forensic inquiry into Muhammad
Syaifullah’s death,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“The inquiry must be free of any presumption of the cause of
death until the investigation is properly completed.”
The cause of Syaifullah’s death remains uncertain. Found by
colleagues after his family could not contact him for some days, Syaifullah’s body
was discovered in the living room of his home. Police found a glass of syrup
near the body.
An autopsy at Bhayangkari
Syaifullah died of a brain haemorrhage caused by diabetes and hypertension,
according to reports.
However, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), an
IFJ affiliate, reports that friends of the dead man reported they were unaware
that Syaifullah had such a medical condition. AJI understands that police plan
to conduct a further autopsy in Surabaya, East Java.
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