SOE Minister Interviews, Journalists Experience Intimidation


Erick Tohir, Minister of State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN), made a visit to the Mandalika region, where the government recently constructed a new circuit in preparation for hosting the Asia Talent Cup and Superbike World Championship in 2021.

The minister intended to engage in interviews with a number of the correspondents who had arrived. Prior to that, the Public Relations department of PT Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) briefed the media on the Minister's visit to the Mandalika Circuit and requested that they only inquire about its agenda. Additionally, members of the PR team issued threats towards journalists who failed to comply with her instructions.

However, a few journalists would like to seize this occasion to provide clarification on specific matters pertaining to the issue of stopping the World Superbike (WSBK) event. As a result, journalist continued to inquire with the Minister regarding the issue and the land disputes in the Mandalika region.

The PR staff was upset to hear that some journalists disobeyed her instructions and prohibit this journalist from entering the circuit. She additionally stated, "You can't come to the circuit, because you cannot be cooperated."



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North Maluku
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Verbal Intimidation