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Riau journalist assaulted
- again

Fakhri Rubiyanto, one of the journalists assaulted by Air Force officers when covering a jet crash in Riau last month, has once again been physically attacked, this time by four unidentified men in Pekanbaru on Wednesday night.

The perpetrators, wearing helmets to cover their faces, were riding two motorcycles when they intercepted Fakhri's motorcycle on Jl. Arifin Rachmad, tempo.co reported on Thursday.

When the victim, who works for Riau TV, stepped off his motorcycle, the four men beat him up, resulting in a wound to his temple and bruises over his body.

While beating him, the men said that they hated the fact that Fakhri had received an award, along with six other journalists assaulted following the plane crash, from the Indonesian Journalists Association (PJI) in Riau. The award was given in recognition of the journalists’ persistence in demanding justice following the attack against them.

Bukit Raya Police chief Comr. Panangian Samosir said the police would investigate the recent attack and find the perpetrators.

Last month's attack against several journalists occurred after the crash of an Indonesian Air Force Hawk 200 jet in Kampar, Pekanbaru. Journalists covering the event were beaten by Air Force officers and their cameras were confiscated. (han)

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