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Jakarta Post

Two decades after Udin’s murder, culture of impunity prevails

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, November 2 2017   /  12:23 am

Bernas journalist Fuad Muhammad Syafruddin, commonly known as Udin, died in 1996 after sustaining severe injuries after being brutally beaten by unidentified persons who were allegedly angered by his report on a high-profile corruption case in Bantul, Yogyakarta.

More than two decades later, and long after the downfall of Soeharto in 1998, Udin’s case remains unsolved, highlighting the persistent culture of impunity that has placed the country’s journalists in a vulnerable state.

As the world commemorates International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which falls on Nov. 2, the Indonesian government has once again been reminded of its obligation to end violence against journalists and to further ensure their protection.

“The government cannot turn a blind-eye to cases of violence against journalists because violations of press freedom also ...