By Eliswan Azly
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Metro TV's senior journalist Desi Anwar has asked President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to protect her from possible negative consequences following Timor Leste President Ramos Horta`s accusation against her.
"I also beg President Yudhoyono to ask Ramos Horta for a clarification of his groundless accusation and to rehabilate my good name as a journalist of Metro TV station," Anwar said when reporting her case to Indonesia`s Press Council here on Friday.
In the presence of all Press Council members, Desi Anwar categorically denied Horta`s charge which was made in a statement to the international press in Dili on April 18.
Horta accused Desi Anwar of having violated the journalist code of ethics and Timor Leste laws by activities that had contributed to the attempt to assassinate him.
"The accusation is a total lie, irresponsible and hurting me," she said in the company of Metro TV executives Djafar Assagaf, Elman Saragih and Saur Hutabarat.
Anwar said Horta`s accusation was a lie as she had never done the things Horta had referred to in his statement.
"I never went to Atambua, forged documents or facilitated Major Alfredo Reinado`s travel. I never made any direct or indirect contact with whoever, much less violated the law and contributed to an assassination attempt," she said.
Anwar reiterated that she had never known, met or made any contact with Major Alfredo Reinado.
According to her, Horta`s accusation was very dangerous as it was made by a president. It had created a negative perception about her as a journalist and person and had put her in difficult position with consequences in the future.
"Horta`s accusation against me will create a bad perception harmful to me as a journalist and an individual. I will take the matter to the Press Council and professional organizations," she said.
Anwar also intended to tell the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) about the Timor Leste President`s false accusation and ask for IFJ protection.
"The accusation is damaging my reputation at home and abroad. I could be banned from entering a country due to the accusation. As a journalist, I often cover events abroad," she said.
In the meantime, Wina Armada, a member of the Press Council, said he was ready to receive information from Anwar about her problem and give moral support to her.
"The Press Council is obliged to help and protect every member of the press community. We will receive Desi Anwar and our friends from Metro TV (an Indonesian private TV satiation) tomorrow (Friday/ April 25)," he said.
Meanwhile, chairman of the Indonesian Journalist Association (PWI)`s foreign affairs section, Saiful Hadi, told newsmen that PWI would help defend Desi Anwar as according to information he had received, the Metro TV journalist was not wrong.
"We will hear about Ramos Horta`s accusation directly from Desi. If the accusation is unfounded and not supported by evidence, PWI will urge Ramos Horta to withdraw his accusation. Horta must also apologize to Desi, Metro TV and the Indonesian people," said Saiful Hadi who is also Chief Editor of ANTARA news agency.
According to Saiful, nobody, not even a president, could level an accusation against someone else without evidence. "The accusation against Desi could disrupt her journalistic works and threaten her life," he said.
Metro TV`s denial
On Ramos Horta`s accusation against Desi Anwar, Metro TV made a clarification on the matter.
It was untrue that Metro TV journalist Desi Anwar was involved, either directly or indirectly, in an attempt to assassinate Timor Leste President Ramos Horta.
It was also untrue that, as a journalist, Desi Anwar had facilitated Major Alfredo Reinado`s trip to Jakarta or other places in the world.
In her professional history as a journalist, Desi Anwar did not know Major Alfredo Reinado as an individual and did not make any direct or indirect contact with Reinado.
Thus, according to Metro TV, Ramos Horta`s accusation against Desi Anwar was unfounded, irresponsible and had a created a bad perception harmful to Metro TV as an institution and Desi Anwar both as a journalist and an individual.
Metro TV had been looking forward to giving chances to President Ramos Horta to make corrections on his statement which was declared openly and quoted by media worldwide, and till April 22, 2008, at 2 pm, he did not make any correction, Metro TV needed to issue an official denial.
Metro TV urged President Ramos Horta to soon make a rectification of his unfounded accusation.
domingo, abril 27, 2008
Por Malai Azul 2 à(s) 02:28
Obrigado pela solidariedade, Margarida!
Mensagem inicial - 16 de Maio de 2006
"Apesar de frágil, Timor-Leste é uma jovem democracia em que acreditamos. É o país que escolhemos para viver e trabalhar. Desde dia 28 de Abril muito se tem dito sobre a situação em Timor-Leste. Boatos, rumores, alertas, declarações de países estrangeiros, inocentes ou não, têm servido para transmitir um clima de conflito e insegurança que não corresponde ao que vivemos. Vamos tentar transmitir o que se passa aqui. Não o que ouvimos dizer... "