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
Soldier accused of journalist assault
New Year's Eve incident turns violent
- Ryan Dagur, Jakarta
- January 2, 2013
A journalist covering a New Year’s Eve celebration in Ambon, the capital of Maluku province, was kicked and threatened and his camera smashed after the KOMPAS.com contributor took pictures of soldiers chasing a man shortly after midnight.
Around 12:30 a.m., Rahmat Rahman Patty and some other journalists saw dozens of soldiers chasing a member of the Maluku Police Mobile Brigade who had allegedly assaulted the child of a soldier stationed nearby, said Insany Syahbarwaty, who heads the Ambon chapter of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI).
Rahman and the other journalists followed the soldiers and took some photos of the incident, she said, at which time one of the soldiers attacked.
“The victim was kicked in the stomach while taking photos of the incident. The perpetrator also asked him to delete the photos he took,” she said.
Rahman deleted the photos, but the assailant grabbed his camera and smashed it on the ground.
The soldiers also threatened a reporter from a local television station, she said.
Colonel Rukman Ahmad from the National Armed Force’s information desk said the perpetrator had been identified.
“A sanction will be given according to the level of mistake,” he told KOMPAS.com.
The AJI recorded 56 cases of violence against journalists in 2012, an increase on the number of similar cases in 2011 (49 cases) and 2010 (51 cases).
Cases included physical attacks, threats, and property damage.