Journalist who covered environmental issues found dead

first_img August 21, 2020 Find out more November 19, 2020 Find out more News July 26, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Journalist who covered environmental issues found dead Help by sharing this information News Organisation IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Indonesia RSF_en to go furthercenter_img Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years IndonesiaAsia – Pacific Receive email alerts News Reporters Without Borders urges national police chief Gen. Babang Hendarso Danury to ensure that the police conduct an exhaustive and impartial investigation into the death of Muhammad Syaifullah, the Borneo bureau chief of the leading national daily Kompas, and do not prematurely rule out the possibility that he was murdered in connection with his work.Syaifullah was found dead today in his home in Balikpapan, on the island of Borneo. The cause of death is not yet known. The police said that his body was found in front of a TV set, that there was froth around his mouth and that the muscles of his face were contracted.“Nothing should be ruled out in advance by those carrying out the autopsy and the investigation,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The sensitive stories on which Syaifullah was working could have angered local companies. Even if there are no grounds for saying this with certainty, it is essential that no hypothesis neglected.”Syaifullah’s body was found by worried colleagues who went to his home this morning because his family, who live in another city, had not heard from him since 24 July.After learning about the condition of the body, several local journalists speculated that he could have been poisoned. But the police said he could have died as result of a heart attack, hypertension or diabetes. The autopsy is still under way.Syaifullah was outspoken in his criticism of deforestation and environmental destruction in Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of the island of Borneo. August 12, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more