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Jakarta Post

Press groups condemn killings of North Sumatran journalists, call for thorough probe

  • Apriadi Gunawan and Ivany Atina Arbi

    The Jakarta Post

Medan/Jakarta   /   Mon, November 4 2019   /  12:27 am

Only days before the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is commemorated every Nov. 2, two journalists were found dead on an oil palm plantation in Labuhan Batu regency, North Sumatra, their bodies riddled with stab wounds.The victims, Maraden Sianipar and Maratua P. Siregar, had worked for Pilar Indonesia Merdeka (Pindo Merdeka), a Medan-based weekly, before becoming freelance journalists. The two, however, were better known for their activism and mediating a land dispute between residents and the owner of an oil palm plantation, PT Sei Alih Berombang (SAB), also known as multi-business cooperative KSU Amalia.  The remains of Maraden were found on Wednesday in a ditch near KSU Amelia’s compound in Wonosari village, Panai Hilir district, Labuhan Batu regency. A day later, the body of Maratua — better known as Sanjay — was discovered in the s...