Andreas Harsono

Andreas Harsono is Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch. He helped establish media freedom groups including the Alliance of Independent Journalists (1994), Institute for the Study of the Free Flow of Information (1995), the Pantau Foundation (2003), and the Bangkok-based South East Asia Press Alliance (1998). Follow him on Twitter @andreasharsono.

Some 23 people have been sentenced under the Blasphemy Law since President Joko Widodo came to power in 2014, including six this year. Andreas Harsono from Human Rights Watch looks at the impact of the law on its victims, such as ethnic Chinese Buddhist Meliana.

Tempo journalist and founder of the Association of Independent Journalists (AJI), Ahmad Taufik, died on 23 March. Taufik’s friend and colleague, Andreas Harsono, reflects on the life of a courageous journalist, who was sent to prison by the Soeharto regime for his defence of media freedom.