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More journalists report intimidation, assault while covering 212 event

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 28, 2019   /   12:07 pm
More journalists report intimidation, assault while covering 212 event Participants of the 212 Munajat event pray at National Monument (Monas) Park on Feb. 21. (Antara/Rivan Awal Lingga)

More journalists have come forward to report intimidation and assault during the 212 Munajat prayer event on Feb. 21.

Following a police report filed by journalists from detik.com and suara.comCNN Indonesia videographer Endra Rezaldi filed a separate report with the Jakarta Police on Thursday.

"We have just filed a report. We will wait for a police summon to file an investigation report and other things for investigation purposes," said Revolusi Riza, CNN Indonesia head of news coverage, kompas.com reported. Reporters from CNN TV and JPNN also accompanied him as eyewitnesses.

CNN Indonesia presented evidence, consisting of a camera and a video footage reportedly showing a group of people asking journalists to delete videos and pictures of an arrested pickpocket, over concerns that the reporting would paint a bad light on a supposedly religious event.

Revolusi, who is also the secretary-general of the Alliance of Independent Journalist (AJI), said his side would follow the case, which claimed the 1999 Press Freedom Law had been violated.

The case was reported to the Central Jakarta Police just after midnight on Feb. 22 by detik.com journalist Satria Kusuma.

Central Jakarta Police spokesperson Adj. Comr. Purwadi said recently that the case was under investigation.

The 212 movement is linked to a massive sectarian rally on Dec. 2, 2016 that called for the prosecution of then-Jakarta governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama over blasphemy allegations. (sau)