Indonesia / Asia


Indonesian journalists face wave of harassment and intimidation

Bangkok, July 21, 2022 – Indonesian authorities should investigate a series of incidents of harassment and intimidation against local journalists, identify and bring the relevant perpetrators to justice, and work to better protect media members and their ability to report without fear of reprisal or violence, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. “A recent…

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Why the UN’s push for a cybercrime treaty could imperil journalists simply for using the internet

Cybercrime is on the global agenda as a United Nations committee appointed to develop a treaty on the topic plans for its first meeting amid pandemic-related delays. The process is slated to take at least two years, but experts warn that such a treaty – initially proposed by Russia – could hand new tools to…

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Indonesian journalist held since early May on criminal defamation charge

Bangkok, June 9, 2020 – Indonesian authorities should immediately release journalist Diantara Putra Sumedi and stop legal proceedings against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Police in Kotabaru, South Kalimantan province, have held Diantara in detention since May 4, in response to a criminal defamation complaint filed against him, according to news reports….

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Police officers are seen in Jakarta, Indonesia, on April 7, 2019. Authorities recently arrested and detained U.S. environmental journalist Philip Jacobson. (AFP/Adek Berry)

American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson detained in Indonesia

Bangkok, January 22, 2020 — Indonesian authorities should immediately release journalist Philip Jacobson and drop any criminal charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police beat students in Makassar, Indonesia, on September 24, 2019. Several journalists were injured by police while covering the student protests. (Antara Foto/Abriawan Abhe via Reuters)

Police attack Indonesian journalists covering protest in South Sulawesi

Bangkok, September 25, 2019 — Indonesian authorities should carry out a thorough investigation into the police assaults of reporters covering protests in Makassar and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Indonesian soldiers stand guard during a protest in Timika, Papua province on August 21, 2019. Indonesia has ordered an internet shutdown in the region, restricting journalists trying to cover spreading violent protests. (AP Photo/Jimmy Rahadat)

Indonesia should restore internet access in restive Papua region

Bangkok, August 22, 2019—Indonesian authorities should immediately restore internet access to the provinces of Papua and West Papua and refrain from imposing any restrictions on journalists covering civil unrest in the region, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A motorcyclist rides down an alley in Jakarta in June. An Indonesian journalist died while in custody in South Kalimantan. (AFP/Adek Berry)

CPJ calls on Indonesia to investigate death of detained journalist

New York, June 26, 2018–Indonesian authorities must conduct a thorough investigation into the death of journalist Muhammad Yusuf and consider the possibility that he was killed in retribution for his reporting, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A demonstration calling for LGBT rights in Trinidad and Tobago on April 12. Journalists covering LGBTQ issues say they often face retaliation for their work. (Reuters/Andrea de Silva)

Covering LGBTQ issues brings risk of threats and retaliation for journalists and their sources

To mark the annual International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, CPJ spoke with journalists and news outlets based in Argentina, Iran, Indonesia, the U.S., Uganda, and Russia, about the challenges they face reporting on LGBTQ issues.

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Protesters leave after praying at Jakarta's Istiqlal Mosque, February 11, 2017. (Reuters/Beawiharta Beawiharta)

TV reporters attacked while covering Indonesia protest

Bangkok, February 13, 2017–Indonesian authorities should identify and bring to justice those responsible for assaulting two journalists with broadcaster Metro TV at a February 11 demonstration in the capital Jakarta, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Soldiers assault Indonesian journalist

Bangkok, October 4, 2016 – Indonesian military officials should take swift disciplinary action against soldiers responsible for assaulting a television journalist, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Soldiers assaulted and threatened Indonesian TV reporter Sony Misdananto while he covered a religious celebration, according to news reports.

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