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Police 'enemy of free press' in Indonesia: AJI

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Jakarta   /   Sat, December 28, 2019   /  12:55 pm
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Fighting for the rights: : Journalists stage a rally to protest violence against journalists in front of the Political, Legal and Security Affairs Coordinating Ministry in Jakarta on Aug. 25, 2016. (Antara/File)

The number of incidents of violence against journalists committed by police officers in 2019 has shown an increase even though the overall number of attacks against the media generally has decreased, according to the annual report of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI). The report indicates a rising trend of violations against the free press committed by law enforcers in Indonesia. Based on the report, 53 cases of violence against journalists were recorded in 2019 with 30 of them involving police officers. The record shows a significant increase of police officers involved in the violence compared with last year’s 16 cases of police violence against journalist among the 64 reported cases of violence against the press.  “The police are the enemy of the free press in Indonesia because they are trying to silence us [journalists]. Until now, no police o...