Journalist survives stabbing

Source: AJI

Unidentified suspects stabbed a correspondent for vivanews.com online portal and “Jakarta Globe” daily newspaper in Jayapura, Papua, Indonesia on 3 March 2011.

Banjir Ambarita, 35, said he was riding his motorcycle when two men in another motorcycle forced him to pull over near the office of the Jayapura municipal building at 2:15 am.

Kompas.com quoted him as saying, “I thought they were going to overtake me, so I slowed down, but the one sitting in the pillion suddenly [stabbed] me in the belly and chest.”

Banjir tried to go to the office of the “Papua Post” daily but found it closed. He then sought help from the police. He was brought to the Marten Indey Hospital in Jayapura where he underwent operation because the knife penetrated his intestines.

Though there was no clear motive for the attack, the “Jakarta Post” quoted sources as saying that it might be connected to a sex scandal involving several police officers in Jayapura that Banjir had reported. The town’s chief of police was forced to resign on 1 March 2011 as a result of the scandal.

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The Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (Alliance of Independent Journalists or AJI) (http://ajiindonesia.org) is a founding member of SEAPA. Based in Jakarta, Indonesia, AJI seeks to promote press freedom and protect the rights of Indonesian journalists.