Two Indonesian Journalists Killed Over Land Dispute

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Two Indonesian journalists have been found dead with multiple stab wounds near a plantation in Sumatra while mediating a land dispute between a palm oil company and residents, the police said.

The police found the body of Maraden Sianipar in a ditch near a palm plantation in Labuhan Batu district, an eight-hour drive from the capital of North Sumatra province. Both bodies were covered in stab wounds.

The police said six people have been questioned but no suspect named yet.

With respect to their death, Siregar and Sianipar were working on a campaign to convince the government to allow locals to work on disputed land.

Indonesian journalists’ associations condemned the deaths and demanded authorities investigate thoroughly.

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