Two journalists jailed as government seeks to tighten criminal law

first_img to go further Reporters Without Borders condemned nine-month prison sentences for defamation handed down on 4 May 2005 to Darwin Ruslinur and Budiono Syahputr a, respectively chief editor and managing editor of the Sumatra weekly Lampung’s Koridor.The organisation called on the Indonesian authorities to annul the archaic law dating back to the colonial era that provides for prison sentences in defamation cases. The law, put in place to silence dissidents and pro-independence movements, is still regularly used by the courts.Ruslinur and Syahputra were found guilty of defaming Alzier Dianis Thabranie, president of the Lampung branch of the Golkar party (of former President Suharto) in an article accusing him of embezzlement. The court ruled that the journalists had not checked their facts with Alzier himself.These sentences are all the more shocking since they come at a time when the government is proposing a new criminal code that will allow legal action against journalists who write articles, among others, violating a ban on preaching communist doctrine or disclosing state secrets. Any infringement is punishable with jail sentences of up to seven years. IndonesiaAsia – Pacific RSF_en News Receive email alerts August 21, 2020 Find out more News IndonesiaAsia – Pacific November 19, 2020 Find out more August 12, 2020 Find out morecenter_img May 10, 2005 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two journalists jailed as government seeks to tighten criminal law Organisation Follow the news on Indonesia Red alert for green journalism – 10 environmental reporters killed in five years On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia News Help by sharing this information Melanesia: Facebook algorithms censor article about press freedom in West Papua Newslast_img

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