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Assault of 'Tempo' journalist raises fresh concerns about press freedom 

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Wed, March 31, 2021   /  03:42 pm
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The alleged assault of a Tempo journalist covering a corruption case has raised fresh concerns over violence against journalists in Indonesia. The journalist, Nurhadi, is believed to have been physically assaulted by at least two security guards while reporting in Surabaya, East Java. At the time, he was assigned to cover stories related to the Finance Ministry’s former director of investigations and tax collection, Angin Prayitno Aji, who was recently named a suspect in a bribery case investigated by the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK). Nurhadi reportedly went to the wedding reception of Angin’s daughter on Saturday to collect information for his report when security guards believed to be Angin’s personal bodyguards accused him of trespassing despite him showing a press card. According to Tempo chief editor Wahyu Dhyatmika, the jour...