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WEST PAPUA: Journalists boycott police news in protest over death


Ardiansyah Matra’is, the dead Merauke journalist. Photo: PMC/File

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Item: 6996

JAYAPURA: Scores of journalists in Jayapura have agreed to boycott any news related to the Papua police in protest against the absence of investigation into the mysterious death of a Merauke journalist, Ardiansyah Matra'is.

"So long as Ardiansyah's death is still a mystery, we will never cover news from the Papua police, even when we are invited to," Cunding Levi, secretary of the Jayapura's Independence Journalists Association (AJI), said in Jayapura Monday.

The 31-year-old’s body was found floating in a river near a coal warehouse in Merauke, Papua, last month.

The boycott will be launched by journalists in Papua, including those of the Cenderawasih Post, Bintang Papua, Pacific Post, and Business Papua, Jubi Tabloid, and Boda Post, as well as two local TV stations.

"We will never cover news from the police until the death of our colleague is thoroughly unveiled," an unidentified journalist said, as was quoted by Antara. - The Jakarta Post/Pacific Media Watch

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