Prabangsa, 41, a reporter with the Indonesian-language Radar Bali daily, was reported
missing on February 12 on the provincial
His body was found four days later, floating in waters west of the Padangbai
harbor, news reports said. The journalist had received threatening calls and
text messages on his cell phone for two weeks before he disappeared, the
director of Radar Bali, Justin
Herman, told CPJ.
Police arrested a local politician and several accomplices in
the killing, which they said was motivated by the reporter’s coverage of a local
government project, news accounts said. Police alleged that I Nyoman Susrama, a
legislative council member for the district of Bangli, a large city in
from his home on February 11.
Police said the assailants took Prabangsa 30 miles (50
kilometers) to the small coastal town of
autopsy report cited in news stories found saltwater in the journalist’s
digestive system, indicating that he may have been alive when he entered the
water. The autopsy said he also sustained head injuries and a broken wrist
before his death.
Prabangsa’s reporting had exposed possible corruption in a
local education department project under Susrama’s jurisdiction, according to
the Alliance of Independent Journalists in
Police arrested Susrama and several others on May 24,
according to The Jakarta Globe. In February 2010, a jury found Susrama guilty of plotting the murder, news reports said. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.