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Groups doubt credibility of RWB’s press-freedom report

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 28 2012   /  10:13 am

The country’s leading journalist organizations have expressed doubt over the credibility of a report by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RWB), which puts Indonesia at a ranking of 146 out of 178 countries on this year’s Press Freedom Index.

In this year’s report, Indonesia drops from 117th position, which it occupied last year, to 146. The outfit attributed the sharp drop to the country’s ineffective and repressive judicial system, claiming it was influenced by politicians and pressure groups. The report also stated that “physical attacks on media personnel are rare but often violent when they do occur”.

The Press Council said it was odd that RWB ranked Indonesia below Singapore, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia, all countries in Southeast Asia known for the draconian measures used to silence the media.

In 2010, the organization ranked Indonesia a...