TEMPO Interactive, Jakarta:The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) recorded that 97 journalists and media workers died in 2010, a decrease from 139 in 2009.
The Brussels-based IFJ is a global organization that has more than 600,000 members in 125 countries.
According to IFJ’s press release received by Tempo on Monday, of the 97 journalists, 15 died in Pakistan. Three journalists, Kompas bureau chief in Kalimantan Muhammad Syaifullah, Merauke TV reporter Ardiansyah Matra'is and Sun TV journalist Ridwan Salamun, died in Indonesia in 2010.
The data IFJ released did not include Alfrets Mirulewan, the chief editor of the Pelangi Weekly, who died on December 16, 2010. Alfrets’ remains were found on Kisar Island, Maluku, and by the wounds found on the body it is suspected that he was killed by a blunt object.