Three foreign correspondents recently filed a report against the Indonesian National Police, accusing them of acid attacks. BBC’s Alice Budisatrijo, Al Jazeera’s Bobby Gunawan, and Reuters News Agency’s Louis Benjamin suffered chemical burns while reporting on the fuel policy protests at the gates of the House of Representatives. Anato Handoyo, cameraman for Jak TV, and three police officers also filed reports for similar injuries. The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence’s Haris Azhar urged police to investigate the attacks and pointedly noted Indonesia’s reputation for being less than friendly to foreign journalists. That doesn’t look to be getting any better soon.
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