Jakarta. Antigraft watchdog Indonesia Corruption Watch, or ICW, has named senior television journalist Najwa Shihab as its 2017 anti-corruption public icon.
ICW said Najwa — who is widely known as the presenter of the popular weekly talk show Mata Najwa (Najwa’s Eyes) — was considered to have integrity, great concern regarding corruption issues and power to influence the public by ICW.
"We have chosen Najwa Shihab as our 2017 anti-corruption public figure. Najwa has been supportive of the fight to eradicate corruption and has been campaigning against corruption through her job until now," ICW researcher Ade Irawan said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe on Monday (08/01).
Ade hopes Najwa can be constantly critical about corruption issues and always disseminate messages of anti-corruption to community more widely.
Ade also said that Najwa visited the headquarters of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) to urge President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to quickly resolve the investigation into an attack on Novel Baswedan, a senior KPK investigator who suffered acid burns to his face from two unknown assailants in April last year.
Antigraft and human rights activists have repeatedly called for the establishment of an independent joint fact-finding team directly led by Jokowi to investigate the incident.
Ade said that 2017 is the first year that ICW has named a public anti-corruption icon.