29 May 2013

Call on Indonesia to free detained Papua radio host

3:15 pm on 29 May 2013

A media freedom group is calling on the Indonesian authorities to release a radio host held in West Papua.

Abert Dimas Anggoro, a talkback host from Penyiar Radio FM, was arrested for criticising officials and claiming the district office in Papua was dilapidated, on his Matoa public affairs programme.

When he was detained over three weeks ago, colleagues from an alliance of Independent journalists, accompanied him to the police station.

The chair of the Pacific Freedom Forum, Titi Gabi, says each day Mr Anggoro is held further weakens the credibility of Jakarta, and warns that the whole world is watching.

"Sending out your men to arrest reporters and media workers is a bit heavy handed and that should be discouraged. We think the Indonesian government and the officials should use the system in place because there is one."

Titi Gabi says there is a media complaints process and authorities have no reason to arrest and detain journalists.