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Jakarta Post

Brimob searches Papuan journalist's house without warrant

  • Dyaning Pangestika
    Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 12, 2019   /  10:32 am
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A protester holds a poster that demands foreign and Indonesian journalists be given access to Papua.(JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

Members of the Papua Mobile Brigade (Brimob) have reportedly searched the house of one of The Jakarta Post’s journalists, Benny Mawel, without a warrant. Benny said that on Monday, as many as 20 men came to his house in the Perumnas housing complex in Padang Bulan, Jayapura and demanded he hand over a person identified as Lucky Siep at about 6:40 a.m local time. The Brimob members reportedly proceeded to trespass on Benny’s property and entered his house without a search warrant.  Benny, who also reports for the Jayapura-based Jubi newspaper, said the men who came to his house were equipped with rifles. One of the Brimob members asked Benny a question about Lucky Siep’s whereabouts, to which Benny responded by saying he did not know. However, the security personnel kept demanding an answer from him. Benny asked them to show him their search warrant and thr...