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Int'l communities decry arrest of journo

  • Michael Andrew and Ardila Syakriah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, January 24 2020   /  12:54 am

International journalists and agencies have condemned the arrest of American environmental journalist Philip Jacobson, who has been detained in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, for allegedly misusing his residency permit.The reporter and editor of Mongabay, an environmental news website, was detained on Tuesday after being placed under city-arrest for more than a month while immigration officials investigated his alleged visa violations. International media freedom agency Reporters without Borders (RSF) has issued a statement denouncing the arrest as an act of intimidation.“The Central Kalimantan immigration officials have massively overstepped their powers. We call on the Law and Human Rights Ministry, which oversees the Immigration Directorate General, to ensure that this journalist is immediately released in accordance with the rule of law,” the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk,...