Papuan Journalist Victor Mambor wins Udin Award 2022

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General Leader of Media Jubi Papua Victor C Mambor when giving a short speech after being selected to get the 2022 Udin Award from the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) - Jubi/Edho Sinaga

Jakarta, Jubi – The chief editor of Jubi who is also the former chairman of the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Jayapura, Victor Mambor, received the Udin Award at the 28th anniversary of the AJI.

Victor Mambor is a Papuan native who has dedicated his life as a journalist for decades. He is often accused of being the mastermind behind a protest in Papua. The accuser, however, could never present any evidence. Other than that, Victor also often experienced digital violence and the destruction of personal belongings.

Recently, Victor’s car was damaged by an unknown person. Prior to that, his social media were also doxed, and his personal data was exposed in cyberspace.

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Victor Mambor when examined by the Police – Doc.AJI

Even so, Victor and Jubi laid the foundations and principles of journalism in their works. These are some of the reasons that made the panel of judges choose Victor for the Udin Award in 2022.

In his social media post, Victor expressed his gratitude for this award. “This award certainly reminds us again that the criminalization, as well as physical, verbal, and digital violence against journalists, still occurs in Papua,” he said.

The 28th AJI Anniversary was attended by hundreds of people online. The year 2022 is the third year AJI celebrates its anniversary online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Hopefully next year we can do it offline. Thank you to all AJI members and AJI partners,” said Secretary General of AJI Indonesia, Ika Ningtyas. (*)

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