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Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Alfrets Mirulewan

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2011
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2010 - Motive Confirmed: Alfrets Mirulewan, January 2011, available at: [accessed 22 November 2017]
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Pelangi Weekly
December 17, 2010, in Kisar, Maluku Islands, Indonesia

Mirulewan's body was found with apparent bruising on a remote beach in Kisar, one of the eastern Maluku Islands, according to The Jakarta Globe and other news accounts. He had been missing for two days.

Insany Syahbarwaty, a coordinator for the Maluku Media Center, a local support group, told The Globe that Mirulewan, 28, chief editor of the Pelangi Weekly, had been looking into allegations of unlawful fuel sales. Mirulewan was working on the story with a colleague from another publication when the two became separated while following a fuel truck, Syahbarwaty said. Mirulewan had also covered recent, sharply contested elections, The Jakarta Post said.

Police offered differing accounts regarding the condition of his body. One officer told the Jakarta Post that the body showed clear signs of assault; another attributed the condition to decomposition.

Beats Covered:Crime
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Taken Captive:Yes
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