Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the Alliance of
Independent Journalists (AJI), in demanding that Indonesian authorities immediately
arrest the known suspects in the killing of journalist Ridwan Salamun in Tual, in
the Maluku Islands, on August 21.
Ridwan, a new contributor for SUN TV, was reporting
on a clash between residents of Banda Eli and Mangun in Tual, Southeast Maluku,
when he was assaulted by members of one of the groups, news reports said.
Ridwan was taken to hospital with machete injuries to his
neck and back, but died two hours later. His camera is still missing.
“The IFJ has learned that local police in Tual are reportedly
aware of who is responsible for the senseless and brutal killing of Ridwan
Salamun, but have not taken steps to arrest them,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“This is disgraceful. The IFJ calls on law enforcement
agencies to reverse Indonesia’s
culture of impunity and immediately arrest the alleged perpetrators of this
Demonstrations of solidarity were held by journalists in
Denpasar, Bali and in Jakarta
to protest the killing of Ridwan.
The IFJ joins AJI in calling for all media companies in Indonesia
to enact measures to protect journalists on the job by providing them with
best-practice safety training and insurance in order to minimise the inherent
risks for reporter covering conflicts and other violent incidents.
For further information contact IFJ
Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919
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