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Foreign Journalists Denied Visas to Cover Aceh Conflict: Official

The martial law administrator in the restive province of Aceh has rejected requests from about 10 overseas journalists to cover the war there, a foreign ministry official said Tuesday. “Yes, there were several requests but nearly all were not accepted,” said the official, Wahid Supriyadi, as quoted by AFP. He said Maj. Gen. Endang Suwarya has denied requests from about 10 foreign-based journalists wishing to cover the conflict. Normally Wahid’s office reviews visa requests by journalists based outside Indonesia. “But the authority lies with Suwarya since martial law was declared in Aceh on May 19,” he said. On Monday, Endang was quoted Tuesday as saying he did not need “foreign observers” in the province. “We are capable of overcoming by ourselves the problem here,” he said. The Jakarta government has also said foreign non-governmental organizations cannot work in Aceh without a permit. had opened fire on convoys of foreign and local journalists. Full Story

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