Call for probe into Indonesian death

The International Federation of Journalists has called on United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan to support an independent inquiry into the killing of kidnapped reporter Ersa Siregar in the war-torn Aceh province of Indonesia.

Siregar, of Jakarta-based RCTI television, was killed on 28 December during a clash Free Aceh Movement rebels and state troops.

“His death is shocking after months of painstaking negotiations to secure his release,” said IFJ president Christopher Warren in a letter to Annan. Warren wants an an “independent and searching inquiry” to uncover how and why he died.

The IFJ is also seeking urgent clarification over the whereabouts of Siregar’s colleague, cameraman Fery Santoro. Both men were seized by rebels six months ago.

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