IFJ Calls for Investigation of Attack on Magazine in Indonesia

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is disturbed by reports that Molotov cocktails

were thrown at the Jakarta office of Tempo magazine in Indonesia.

 

The Alliance of Independent

Journalists (AJI), an IFJ affiliate, said that local media reported two

unidentified men on a motorcycle hurled three Molotov cocktails at the Tempo office in Menteng, South Jakarta, early yesterday morning.


The Jakarta Post said two of the petrol

bombs exploded but the resulting fire was quickly extinguished. One of the

magazine’s security guards said the two suspects threw the bombs about 2.40 am.


The Post noted that the attack followed

a Tempo cover story on alleged suspicious

bank accounts held by several high-ranking police officers.

 

“The IFJ condemns this attack, which

appears to be an attempt to intimidate Tempo’s

journalists who are well-known guardians of independent and critical

journalism,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The IFJ calls for a full inquiry

into this vicious attack, and assurance that the perpetrators are brought to

justice.”

 

The Tempo story reported that at least seven high-ranking police

officers were allegedly hoarding billions of rupiah in their bank accounts,

transferred from third parties.

 

The Jakarta Post reported on June 29 that 10 men - thought to be police

officers - bought 2425 copies of the magazine featuring the story. Another

distributor in Central Jakarta reported that a man bought 1200 copies of the

same issue, while in Bandung, West

Java, 1100 copies were sold before 9am the same day.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 125 countries