Friday, December 28, 2012

1) Papua Police investigate attack on journalist




1) Papua Police investigate attack on journalist


2) Authorities still investigating shooting of Papua fishermen

3) Seven Papuan fisherman shot by the TNI



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1) Papua Police investigate attack on journalist



Fri, December 28 2012 17:00 | 173 Views
Jayapura, Papua (ANTARA News) - Papua Police are investigating an attack on a journalist in Sorong, West Papua.

"My officers in Sorong, West Papua, have received the report about the incident and are now investigating it," the Papua regional police command spokesman, Adjunct Senior Commissioner I Gede Sumerta, said here on Friday.

The attack on journalist Resnal Umpain occurred at around 10.20pm at Jalan Rumberpon in Sorong.

Resnal, a resident of Jalan Viktori Belakang Yon 752 in Sorong, was beaten up by a 20-year-old man, identified as WL, while the journalist was in a car.

"According to the victim, WL came up to him and hit him without any provocation," Sumerta said.

He stated that the police would soon summon witnesses in order to solve the case.

Meanwhile, the chief of the Jayapura chapter of Aliansi Jurnalis Indonesia (AJI), Victor Mambor, noted that 12 cases of attacks on journalists in Papua and West Papua provinces had been recorded so far this year.

He told ANTARA here on Friday that four of the cases took place in West Papua, while the rest happened in Papua.

"Most of the attacks were in the form of verbal and physical intimidation, including threats, insults, pelting stones, chasing and hitting," Victor explained.

"AJI Jayapura has received two reports of threats sent through SMS and by phone from Manokwari and Sorong in West Papua," he added. 

Meanwhile, the head of Tabloidjubi.com said the perpetrators were 'either from the police force, like in the 2010-11 incidents, or are simply demonstrators'.

"AJI Jayapura has recorded two cases that have the potential to disrupt press freedom, namely the death of Leiron Kogoya and the deportation of Petr Zamenick, a Czech national who claimed to be a journalist, in February," he noted.

"However, the two cases are yet to be confirmed as acts of violence against journalists, due to confusion over whether the victims were really journalists and whether the incidents occurred while they were on duty," Tabloidjubi.com added.
(Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)
Editor: Priyambodo RH
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2) Authorities still investigating shooting of Papua fishermen


Thu, December 27 2012 20:02 | 102 Views

Jayapura (ANTARA News) - The military and police said they are still investigating recent shooting of fishermen leaving four killed and three other injured in the regency of Raja Ampat, West Papua. 

Chief of the Cendrawasih Military Command Maj. Gen. Christian Zebua said the military together with the police are set to uncover the case. 

"We are still in the process of investigations to find out suspects and motives of the shooting," Christian told ANTARA news agency here on Friday. 

The military and police are looking into possibility of involvement of military or police members, he said. 

"We would not condone murder what ever the reason and motives," he said , adding, the military is taught to protect the people.

He promised to act firmly against any military men found involved in the shooting at the village of Waigama on the island of Papan, the regency of Raja Ampat, five hours away by mator boat from Misool Utara.

The dead victims were identified as La Tula (13), La Ninu (55), La Jaka (30), and La Edi (20), and the three injured are La Anu (20), La Diri (20) and La Udin (30), all from the island of Buaya off the city of Sorong.(*)
Editor: Heru
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3) Seven Papuan fisherman shot by the TNI
Bintang Papua, 28 December 2012

Seven Papuan fisherman were shot by members of the TNI (Indonesian army) near Pulau Papan district, Misol Perairan Raja Apat, West Papua. It is not clear why they were shot, but one TNI soldier is now being questioned by POM, the military police in Puncak Rafidin.

The commander of 1704/Sorong, Lieut-Col. Rachman Zulkarnain refused to make any comment about the incident but he did not deny that a TNI solider was being interrogated by the military police. They were still trying to find out more about those responsible for the shooting. 'I want the process to continue , until we can decide who should be charged for the incident,' said Zulkarnain.

A spokesman for  the Cenderawasih XVII military command  also said that a member of the army is being interrogated intensively by POM.  The matter must be handled through legal channels, he said. He said that the commander would ensure that the person responsible would be firmly dealt with.

The spokesman also said that  the person who did the shooting was thought to be a member of Babinsa Koramil (low level military command personnel ) and one of those responsible has been identified as Praka BJ.

Head of public relations of the military command, I Gede Sumerta Jaja told the press that the case was still being investigated, while attention was at present concentrated on finding one of the victims.

One of the victims is at present being treated at Sorong Hospital  but he is not yet fit enough to be asked to make a statement. 'We must respect his rights and not try to force him to make a statement,' he said.

The bodies of four of the victims were discovered in a state of decomposition on Wednesday, La Nuni, 55, La Jaka, 30, La Edi, 20 and La Diri, 20. A fifth victim , La Ful, 13 is still being sought by a TNI/Police unit. The bodies were under water for almost a week but officials were able to identify them when they were  found.

Two other fisherman have also been found alive and are now being treated in hospital.

A representative of the military police met the families of the victims  and members of South Sulawesi  Families Association to continue with the process of identifying all the victims to finalise the process of identification and then moving them away from the area. The Association has called on the military command to make a statement, following information that indicated that the military and police were responsible for the shooting but the military have as yet failed to clarify the case. A spokesman of the Association said that they were still trying find other victims of the shooting.

Translated by TAPOL
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