Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Ardiansyah Matra'is
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2011|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Ardiansyah Matra'is, January 2011, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e54d6b3c.html [accessed 18 April 2015]|
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July 30, 2010, in Merauke, Indonesia
A rescue team found the body of Matra'is near the Gudang Arang River, two days after his family reported him missing in Merauke, a small town on the southern tip of Papua province, according to news reports.
Matra'is, a reporter for the local broadcaster Merauke TV, had been covering plans for a large agribusiness development in Merauke, according to the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AIJ). With its potential for bringing wealth to the remote region, the project had led to a heated competition for the position of regional chief, Victor Mambor, chairman of AIJ's local branch, told the newsmagazine Tempo. Matra'is' death came in the run-up to local elections.
In the week before his death, Matra'is had received threatening text messages similar to those sent to at least three other local journalists, news reports said. The news website Kompas translated one threat as saying: "To cowardly journalists, never play with fire if you don't want to be burned. If you still want to make a living on this land, don't do weird things. We have data on all of you and be prepared for death."
Initial news reports said Matra'is' body showed signs of torture, although local police later denied finding signs of abuse. Matra'is's family declined to have an autopsy conducted, as is often the case in Islamic cultures.
|Beats Covered:||Business, Corruption, Politics|
|Local or Foreign:||Local|
|Type of Death:||Murder|
|Suspected Source of Fire:||Unknown Fire|