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Journalists victimized during jobs law protests: AJI

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, October 27 2020   /  01:00 am
A number of students held a demonstration under the Pasar Rebo flyover, East Jakarta (Wednesday, October 7, 2010). They protested against the Omnibus Law that was passed by the DPR last Monday. In the action, the students burned tires and unfurled protest banners to the DPR and the Government.(JP/P.J.Leo)

At least 56 journalists experienced violence or intimidation, allegedly perpetrated by members of the police, during nationwide protests against the Job Creation Law, according to the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI). Data from the AJI’s advocacy division shows that significant portions of the violence against journalists took place in Malang, Central Java (15 reported cases), Jakarta (eight), and Surabaya (six) between Oct. 7 and 21 – the approximately two weeks after the jobs law was passed by the House of Representatives on Oct. 5. Most of the abuse inflicted on journalists was in the form of intimidation (23 cases), confiscation or destruction of data or news-gathering tools (13 cases) and physical violence (11 cases). “Ironically, the perpetrators of the violence against the press are the police – an institution that is supposed to be enforc...