IFJ Expresses Serious Safety Concerns Over Journalist Feared Kidnapped in Indonesia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), the global organisation representing over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries, has growing concerns for a journalist feared abducted on the island of Nias.

On August 22, Elyuddin Telaumbanua, journalist for the Berita Sore newspaper, was reported missing after failing to return home.

Telaumbanua, left his home in Gunungsitoli on August 17, for several days on a reporting assignment. Telaumbanua's wife raised the alarm when her husband did not arrive home.

"The IFJ is extremely concerned for the safety of Telaumbanua. Indonesian authorities should immediately start investigating Telaumbanua's disappearance," said IFJ President Christopher Warren.

"Journalists have a right to report and should not be targeted for carrying out their work. The IFJ hopes see the safe return of Telaumbanua as soon as possible," said the IFJ President.

According to IFJ sources, Telaumbanua's disappearance may be linked to a series of reports he published on electoral corruption in southern Nias.

Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI) members have been actively involved in the search for Telaumbanua who has been a reporter with Berita Sore since 2003.

For further information contact Christopher Warren on +61 411 757 668

The IFJ represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries