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Journalists Killed in 1992 - Motive Confirmed: Per-Ove Carlsson

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 1993
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 1992 - Motive Confirmed: Per-Ove Carlsson, January 1993, available at: [accessed 24 January 2018]
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April 29, 1992, in Kiunga, Papua New Guinea

Carlsson, a Swedish documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist, was found with his throat slit in the town of Kiunga, near the border with the disputed Indonesian province of Irian Jaya, also known as West Papua. He had traveled to the region to make a film about the guerrilla organization Free Papua Movement, which is fighting for Irian Jaya's independence from Indonesian rule.

"While the official version proclaimed that he had cut his throat with his own knife," wrote reporter Oswald Iten in the well-regarded Swiss newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung nearly two years after the incident, "it was widely believed to be a case of Indonesian-financed assassination."

Beats Covered:Politics, War
Local or Foreign:Foreign
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Political Group
Taken Captive:No


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