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Jakarta Post

Palm oil murder victims not journalists: Journalist Safety Committee

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

Medan   /   Wed, November 13 2019   /  12:57 am

The Journalist Safety Committee has said that the murders of Maratua Siregar and Maraden Sianipar in Labuhan Batu, North Sumatra, suspected to be related to palm oil, did not constitute violence against journalists because neither of the victims were journalists at that time.Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Medan head and committee member Liston Damanik said that based on interviews with the victims’ families and colleagues, Maraden was an entrepreneur and Maratua worked for him. Maratua had also been active in civil society organizations after leaving local weekly newspaper Pindo Merdeka.“As an entrepreneur, Maraden has a sizeable oil palm plantation in Labuhan Batu. He hired Maratua as an employee to collect money from the people harvesting the oil palm on his plantation,” Liston told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He added that Maratua had left Pindo Merdeka in 2017 after ...