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Indonesia: Attacks on free speech

, Index number: ASA 21/022/1995

AI is concerned about a renewed attack in recent weeks on the freedom of the press in Indonesia. Restrictions include imprisonment of prisoners of conscience, short term arrests, police raids and intimidation. Tri Agus Susanto from the Pijar Foundation (an NGO) and Ahmad Taufik, Danang and Eko Maryadi, from the Alliance of Independent Journalists, are currently detained as prisoners of conscience. They face penalties of up to 7 years in prison for their involvement in the publication of independent magazines. The offices of two organizations have been raided by the police and a number of journalists are being threatened with employment sanctions for their support of an independent journalists' association.

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