IFJ Condemns Attack on Journalists' Union Office in Indonesia

The

International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is appalled at the attack on the

office of its affiliate organisation in Indonesia, the Alliance of Independent

Journalists (AJI) by cadre of a youth organization in the city of Palu in the

Central Sulawesi province on December 30.

The attack

which was reportedly in retaliation for an item published by AJI in the online

news portal run by its local office left Mohammad Sharfin, local correspondent

of national broadcaster TV One, with serious injuries on his cheek. Iwan

Lapasere, chairman of the AJI's local branch and correspondent for a TV

broadcaster based in the national capital of Jakarta, was also brutally

assaulted and suffered injuries on his neck.

"We fully

support the AJI demand that the attackers, who have reportedly been identified,

be arrested and prosecuted under relevant sections of the law," said the IFJ

Asia-Pacific.

"We are

worried at the undistinguished record of investigating and punishing acts of

violence against journalists. Statistics compiled by AJI show that of 37 cases

in Indonesia through calendar year 2010, only 2 cases have been brought to

trial."

The IFJ fully

endorses the demand by AJI that ending the culture of impunity is key to

securing press freedom and the right to information in Indonesia.

For further information contact IFJ

Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

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