Journalists in Medan, North Sumatra, protested on Thursday against recently elected Medan mayor Bobby Nasution and his bodyguards for allegedly driving away journalists seeking to interview Bobby, who is the son-in-law of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
During a protest at the Medan mayoral office on Thursday, journalists displayed banners that read, “Bobby’s bodyguards should not block journalists’ work. The mayor must not inherit colonial ways.”
Hani Ritonga, a journalist with Tribun Medan, said the mayor’s bodyguards drove her and other journalists away as they were waiting to interview Bobby on Wednesday. She said members of the Medan Public Order Agency (Satpol PP), the police and the Presidential Security Detail (Paspampres) told her to leave the mayor’s office.
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