Journalist killed as gunmen attack plane at Papua province airport

first_imgNews Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua News Follow the news on Indonesia IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Photo by: Agus FakaubunThe news website quoted the head of public relations for the Papua police, Commander Yohanes Nugroho Wicaksono, as saying the gunmen were hiding in the hills 50 metres from the airport. It said police had not yet been able to identify the perpetrators or the type of guns they used.According to military intelligence, the separatist group Free Papua Movement(Organisasi Papua Merdeka, or OPM, in Indonesian) was behind the attack,while local police said they had no information about the identity of the attackers.Indonesia is ranked 146th of 179 countries in the 2011-2012 world press freedomindex compiled by Reporters Without Borders. RSF_en News Help by sharing this information August 21, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years Organisation Receive email alerts August 12, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more Reporters Without Borders offers its condolences to the family and friends ofLeiron Kogoya, a journalist with the newspapers Pasific Post and Papua Pos Nabire, part of the Pacific Post group, who was killed in an attack by gunmen on a plane at Mulia airport in the province of Papua three days ago.“Although the journalist did not appear to be the target of the attack, it illustratesthe insecurity that prevails in the region, where at least two other journalists werekilled late last year,” the press freedom organization said.“Covering the Papua region is highly risky for journalists. Leiron Kogoya wasamong those courageous reporters who strive to keep the world informed aboutthe region, which has been the scene of violent clashes. Our thoughts go out tohis family and friends.”“We expect the authorities to shed light on the attack. Contradictory informationabout the identity of those behind the shooting said to have been provided bysecurity forces to journalists indicates that an independent investigation must becarried out as soon as possible.”The plane, a Twin Otter of the Indonesian airline Trigana Air, landed at Muliaat about 8 am when at least five gunmen opened fire. The pilot and co-pilot,who were both hit, lost control of the aircraft, which then crashed into one of theterminal buildings. Four people were wounded. Kogoya, was fatally shot in theneck.The 35-year-old reporter was flying to Mulia in the Puncak Jaya district to coverlocal elections in the provincial capital, Jayapura. to go further IndonesiaAsia – Pacific April 11, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist killed as gunmen attack plane at Papua province airport News On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabialast_img

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