PFF, Rarotonga, COOK ISLANDS -- Pacific media watchdogs are keen to see closure and prosecution from Indonesia's Police
forces investigating the plane attack in Indonesia's Papua province on Sunday 8 April, which killed 35 year old
journalist Leiron Kegoya.
Kegoya, a journalist for the Papua Pos and Pasifik Pos Dail was on assignment to cover local elections in the Papua
provincial capital Jayapura, which borders Papua New Guinea. He was a passenger in a small twin otter plane touching
down at Mulia Airport when the shooters opened fire on the plane. He died from a bullet wound to his neck
The pilot, co-pilot and a mother and her 4-year-old son were injured in the attack, which saw the aircraft veer off the
runway and crash into the terminal building.
"The circumstances of this attack highlight the situation in which journalists must do their work, and we join our
colleagues in Indonesia and the International Federation of Journalists, IFJ in urging police to ensure the perpetrators
behind this horrible act are brought to justice," says PFF chair Titi Gabi, of Papua New Guinea.
"The safety and security of civilians including journalists rests on the ability of Police and law enforcers, and is
especially critical during election periods and when reporting from dangerous or unstable locations."
"We express condolences to the colleagues and family of Leiron Kegoya, and ask that Papua's police and Indonesia's
leadership ensure this investigation not taper into silence, but that those responsible can be identified and brought to
justice," says PFF co chair Monica Miller of American Samoa. The Pacific Freedom Forum adds its solidarity to
condemnation of the attack from other media networks including the national Indonesia media association, AJI, the
International Federation of Journalists, IFJ, and Reporters without Borders, RSF.
The Pacific Freedom Forum are a regional and global online network of Pacific media colleagues, with the specific intent
of raising awareness and advocacy of the right of Pacific people to enjoy freedom of expression and be served by a free
and independent media. We believe in the critical and basic link between these freedoms, and the vision of democratic
and participatory governance pledged by our leaders in their endorsement of the Pacific Plan and other commitments to
good governance. In support of the above, our key focus is monitoring threats to media freedom and bringing issues of
concern to the attention of the wider regional and international community.