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Indonesian police allegedly detain, assault local journalists covering Papuan unrest

  • Ivany Atina Arbi
    Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, September 24, 2019   /  01:05 pm
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Police in Papua reportedly intimidated and temporarily detained three local journalists, assaulting at least one of them, as the reporters were covering violent unrest at Cendrawasih University in Jayapura on Monday morning. The Papuan Native Journalist Forum (FJAP) explained in a press release that the three journalists -- Hengky Yeimo from Tabloid Jubi, Benny Mawel from The Jakarta Post and Ardi Bayage from Suara Papua -- were taking pictures of the unrest when some police officers blocked their way and forced them into a nearby parking lot. An officer who saw Ardi's hat with 'PNG' letters on it, the abbreviation of neighboring Papua New Guinea, demanded he remove it.  "Take the hat off, you dog! What kind of a journalist are you?" the officer demanded while hitting Ardi's head, the press release stated. The police then accused the report...