LBH Pers and AJI Jakarta urge Police Chief to investigate intimidation of journalists

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Illustration. (IO/Dumaz Artadi)

Jakarta, IO – The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jakarta and the Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) condemned the intimidation of CNN Indonesia and 20Detik journalists when they were covering the case of police shooting police at the residence of the Police’s internal affairs chief Inspector General Ferdy Sambo, Thursday (14/7). The two media urged the National Police Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo and the Jakarta Police Chief Inspector General Fadil Imran to investigate the incident.

Two journalists were reportedly intimidated by three well-built men with short hair and dressed in black when they were interviewing a cleaning worker on Saguling Street, Duren Tiga police residential complex, South Jakarta. They were shoved and their mobile phones forcibly seized. The interview recordings and photos recently taken by the two journalists were deleted by the perpetrators.

AJI Jakarta chairman Afwan Purwanto stressed that the action was against the freedom of the press in journalistic work. “Forcibly taking, deleting, and searching the bags of the journalists doing their job was inappropriate. It is excessive and arbitrary, and violate Law 40/1999 on press,” said Afwan in a written statement received by Observerid.com, Friday (15/7).

LBH Pers director Ade Wahyudin also criticized the action. According to him, journalists working for the public interest should receive protection and a sense of security. In addition to violating the Press Law, the perpetrators can also be subject to charge of confiscation or threats under the Penal Code and illegal access under the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.