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Govt calls on netizens not to spread Jakarta suicide video

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Jakarta | Sat, March 18, 2017 | 04:32 pm
Govt calls on netizens not to spread Jakarta suicide video A girl checks Facebook in Palo Alto, the US, on June 4, 2012. (AP/AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File)

The Communications and Information Ministry (Kominfo) has urged all netizens not to spread a suicide video of an Indonesian man, which has gone viral on social media.

“We call on anyone who has the suicide tragedy video not to circulate it by any means, including via the Internet and social media,” the ministry’s director general of information application, Samuel Abrijani Pangarepan, said as quoted by Antara in a statement on Friday evening.

He said such an incident was not proper to be displayed to the public. “Apart from violating human values, the video also breaches the 2008 Information and Electronic Transactions [ITE] Law,” said Samuel.

(Read also: Indonesian man broadcast his suicide on Facebook shocking netizens)

As reported earlier, a suicide video of a Jakarta resident identified as Pahinggar Indrawan was broadcast live on Facebook. The live video was broadcast at 9 a.m. on Friday as the 35-year-old man started a live-stream where he fashioned a noose out of a scarf and hung himself.

Facebook took down the live broadcast at 8.30 p.m. on the same day following a request from Kominfo. (mrc/ebf)

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