Journalist murdered in Sumatra

A newspaper editor on Indonesia’s Sumatra Island was shot dead by an unknown assailant, local media reported on Tuesday.

Benny Faisal, chief editor of the weekly Fokus Lampung, was killed late on Sunday in Bandar Lampung, the capital of Lampung province, theTempo.co news website said.

Benny, 42, had complained about pressure against him related to his work uncovering corruption in government projects, said Juniardi, chief of the provincial Information Commission, according to news reports.

“I suspect the incident was related to his journalistic work,” Juniardi, who like many Indonesians goes by one name, was quoted as saying by Tempo.co.

Bandar Lampung chief police investigator Deri Agung Wijaya said the motive was still unknown.

“We hope we can arrest the perpetrators soon,” he was quoted as saying.

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