International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) welcomes the arrest of seven
suspects in the murder of Radar Bali journalist Agung Gede Narendra Prabangsa in Bali, Indonesia.
result of rigorous campaigning by the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI), an IFJ affiliate,
local police reopened an investigation into Prabangsa’s murder and connections
to his work as a journalist.
body was found on February 16 in the Bungsil
Strait, off Karangasem regency,
six days after he was reported missing.
time, police denied a connection
between his death and his work as Radar
Bali regional editor.
However, Bali Police Chief Inspector General Teuku Ashikin
Husein said on May 25 that Prabangsa’s murder was likely to be connected to a
series of investigative reports on alleged corruption in a construction project
involving at the local government’s Regency Education Project.
suspects in the murder are reportedly connected to I Nyoman Susrama, project supervisor at Regency Education Project, who was named as the alleged mastermind of
Prabangsa’s murder, AJI reports.
also reportedly the brother of newly elected legislative member of Bangli
Regency, Regent Nengah Arnawa.
The Jakarta Post named the six other
suspects as I Nyoman Rencana, I Komang Gede Wardana, Koman gede, Dewa Sumbawa
a journalist for their professional work is a barbaric and cowardly act,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
arrests of those suspected to be involved in the murder of Prabangsa should act
as a warning that violent retribution against journalists is criminal and will
not be tolerated.”
The IFJ commends
AJI for its persistence in demanding ongoing investigation by local authorities
to ensure the perpetrators of Prabangsa’s murder are brought to justice.
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