In Indonesia, the campaign of a leading presidential candidate and former military general has threatened to arrest the American journalist Allan Nairn. Nairn wrote an article quoting from a 2001 interview he conducted with the former general, Prabowo Subianto, who said: “Indonesia is not ready for democracy” and needs “a benign authoritarian regime.” He also added: “Do I have the guts? Am I ready to be called a fascist dictator?” Nairn’s story has become an issue in the Indonesian presidential campaign and has put the former general on the defensive. It coincides with outrage over the release of a music video made by Prabowo supporters showing them in Nazi-like uniforms. A spokesperson for Prabowo’s campaign said the military is prepared to arrest Nairn if he is found to have re-entered Indonesia. On his website, Nairn said: “I am currently in Indonesia so if the [army] would like to capture me, they can.” Nairn has reported from Indonesia for years, previously exposing government killings of civilians.
U.S. Journalist Allan Nairn Threatened with Arrest in Indonesia
HeadlineJun 26, 2014