Jokowi’s election as president in 2014 initially raised many hopes but, at the end of his first year in office, RSF said he had failed to keep his promises as regards freedom of the press. Disappointing first term IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence November 19, 2020 Find out more Organisation RSF_en “Allowing reporters to cover these events freely is the best way to enable the public to keep abreast of this conflict and not depend on rumours at this crucial moment for Indonesia democracy. Investigations must be carried out to identify and punish those responsible for the violence against reporters. And in his second term, President Jokowi must finally keep the promises he gave to defend press freedom.” Seven attacks on journalists have already been registered during last night’s clashes alone. Many reporters were deliberately targeted while covering the rioting in the centre of Jakarta, in which at least seven people were killed. The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) thinks the toll of injured journalists will almost certainly rise as it continues to interview media personnel. Follow the news on Indonesia Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on protesters and riot police who have been clashing for the past two days in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to respect the work of journalists. RSF also urges the Indonesian authorities to quickly investigate the press freedom violations that have taken place during this post-election rioting. News Receive email alerts News to go further August 12, 2020 Find out more Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years The rioting began near the electoral commission’s headquarters on the evening of 21 May shortly after the commission confirmed President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s reelection victory. It was disputed by the supporters of the challenger, Prabowo Subianto, and the ensuing clashes with the police quickly escalated and became extremely violent. The journalists injured last night included CNN Indonesia reporter Budi Tanjung and his cameraman, identified only as Ryan, who were beaten over the head by police although they had clearly presented themselves as journalists. The police forced Tanjung to delete the videos he had recorded on his mobile phone and forced Ryan to delete all the footage he had shot with his camera. News At the same time, the AJI reports that the authorities temporarily blocked access to the social network platforms WhatsApp and Facebook, and slowed the speed of Internet connections. WhatsApp was intermittently available again this morning. May 23, 2019 Indonesian reporters deliberately attacked in post-election rioting August 21, 2020 Find out more Indonesian anti-riot police shoot tear gas to disperse protesters during a demonstration against President Jokowi’s victory in the recent election in Jakarta on May 22, 2019. At least seven journalists were wounded as Indonesia’s capital erupted in violence on May 22 when police clashed with protesters opposed to the re-election of President Jokowi (photo : Bay Ismoyo / AFP). “We call on all the protagonists, both protesters and police, to respect the work of the media by ending all acts of violence and intimidation against journalists,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. Indonesia is ranked 124th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index. Help by sharing this information IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua According to the AJI’s initial information, another journalist identified only as Ryan who works for MNC Media was injured in an as yet unclear attack, as were a journalist with Radio Sindo Trijaya identified only as Fajar, Alinea.id news website reporter Fadli Mubarok, and two RTV journalists, reporter Intan Bedisa and cameraman Rahajeng Mutiara.