April 1, 2010
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As I was making my way to their studio for our agreed live interview on Indonesian armed forces (TNI) assassinations, I received a call with the news that TV One, the Indonesian national news channel, had canceled my appearance due to pressure from Kopassus.
Kopassus, the army’s special forces is one of the units which I reported has been involved in the assassination of political activists in Aceh. President Obama reportedly wants to boost US aid to Kopassus, and my report has apparently created a political crisis for Indonesia’s armed forces and the US.
Even though TV One had agreed to interview me alone for 15 to 30 minutes, they decided unilaterally — without telling me — that they would only let me on air if the Kopassus commander, Gen. Lodewijk was there to rebut me.
I would have been glad to face and question the General, but the catch was that the General refused to face me.
So, due to Kopassus my live TV One interview was canceled.
General Lodewijk and TNI, why are you afraid to face the facts?
And TV One, why are you afraid to let me discuss them live, as you agreed?
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