Investigative reporters who covered land disputes murdered in western Indonesia

first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more November 4, 2019 Investigative reporters who covered land disputes murdered in western Indonesia Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua August 21, 2020 Find out more On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia RSF_en News The bodies of the two reporters, Maraden Sianipar and Maratua Siregar, were found last week with multiple stab wounds near a palm plantation in the “regency” (county) of Labuhan Batu, on Sumatra’s northeast coast. Sianipar’s body was found in a ditch on 30 October. The body of Siregar, also known as Sanjay, was found nearby the next day. August 12, 2020 Find out more “We call on the Indonesian police and prosecutor’s office to do everything possible to find the perpetrators and instigators of this double murder and, if necessary, to create a special team of investigators,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “The nature of the reporting undertaken by these two journalists in recent years should be the source of a significant body of hypotheses about the identity of those behind their deaths. No lead should be neglected.” Indonesia is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionEnvironmentViolence Follow the news on Indonesia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation Help by sharing this information News News News An Indonesian man extinguishes a fire at an oil palm plantation in Sumatra on August 14, 2018. Maraden and Sanjay were specifically investigating this type of plantation (Photo: WahyudiI / AFP). to go further Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years The Jakarta Post newspaper has quoted a friend of the two journalists as saying they had been planning to meet local representatives about 350 hectares of land that is the subject of a dispute. The land is currently an oil palm plantation operated by PT SAB, an Indonesian conglomerate also known as KSU Amalia. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists CorruptionEnvironmentViolence The two reporters first made a name for themselves when they did investigative reporting for the online magazine Pilar Indonesia Merdeka, or Pindo Merdeka (“Pillar of Free Indonesia), which had to close in 2017. Since then, they had been working as freelancers, often covering land disputes between palm oil companies and residents in Panai Hilir, the district where they lived, which is part of Labuhan Batu. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an independent investigation to identify the perpetrators and instigators of the brutal murders of two journalists who reported allegations of illegal land expropriation by palm oil companies on the island of Sumatra, in western Indonesia. last_img

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