Easter blessings from UCAN
There is no more important week in the year for Christians than this Holy Week. We call it Holy because of the mystery we celebrate - God's gift of His son who loves us to his death on Calvary and beyond.
Because of that love, we wish each other Happy Easter even when we know there is a lot of tragedy about it - Good Friday. As Christians, we know that what we see happening with and in Jesus goes to the heart of what we know from our own experience of life.
At the Second Vatican Council, the Christian lives we all lead were described as being shares in the Paschal Mystery. We have our share in the death and resurrection of Jesus every day. Our lives are part of the Paschal Mystery.
At UCAN, we work to describe that mystery in the unfolding tragedies and astonishing blessings of the people we seek out and report, feature and comment on.
While at times deeply distressing work, this effort of ours gets its coherence in the same way the death of Jesus did - because of the astonishing grace of a God who never gives up on life and love.
Because of that, we can wish you Happy Easter.
Fr. Michael Kelly SJ
Journalist miscarries after mob attack
Reporter assaulted while covering land dispute
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- March 4, 2013
A 23-year-old TV reporter suffered a miscarriage after being violently attacked while covering a land dispute on Sunday.
Nurmila Sari Wahyuni was interviewing a victim of a land dispute in Rantau Panjang village, east Kalimantan, when a village leader confronted her.
“As I was about to leave, the village chief stopped my motorbike,” Wahyuni told ucanews.com. “I told him I was a reporter, showing him my press card. He and others took my press ID and destroyed it. They also took my camera and smashed it until it was destroyed.
“Then a group of 15 people slapped me, grabbed my hair and kicked me in the stomach and I fell to the ground. Fortunately there were other people who took me to a nearby hospital. At the hospital, the doctor declared that the fetus in my womb died.”
The dispute centers around a piece of vacant land; several people have claimed ownership of it, including members of Wahyuni’s immediate family.
But she insisted that she was at the site purely as a reporter, having been sent there by an editor of Paser TV, where she works, after houses near the site were set ablaze.
“My parents are among the people fighting for the land," she said, “but I was there as a journalist covering what was going on there."
Sri Gunawan Wibisono from the Balikpapan chapter of the Alliance of Independent Journalists told ucanews.com that the case was a threat to press freedom in the country.
“Worse, the victim was a pregnant woman,” he said. He added that his organization will keep monitoring the case and offer advocacy to the victim.
According to the 1999 Press Law, perpetrators could be jailed for up to two years or fined up to 500 million rupiah (about US$52,631.)