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Attacks against journalists spill over into digital sphere

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    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, December 12, 2019   /  02:44 pm
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The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has revealed that violence against journalists in Indonesia decreased from 64 reported cases last year to 43 this year. However, that data did not necessarily reflect greater freedom of the press in the country, because a rise in digital attacks on journalists was mostly left out of the debate, media observers and practitioners said.(Shutterstock/ImYanis)

International and local media observers and practitioners have warned of a shift in the nature of threats against journalists despite a decreasing number of cases of physical violence in the country. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has revealed that violence against journalists in Indonesia decreased from 64 reported cases last year to 43 this year. However, that data did not necessarily reflect greater freedom of the press in the country, because a rise in digital attacks on journalists was mostly left out of the debate, media observers and practitioners said. Febriana Firdaus, 36, then-journalist for news site Rappler, said she had experienced a series of online attacks from people who claimed to be supporters of then-Jakarta governor Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama after she wrote about evictions in Jakarta in 2016. She was also condemned by netizens for...