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Decriminalize press to boost democracy

Surabaya   /   Fri, March 16, 2018   /  05:06 pm
Decriminalize press to boost democracy Controversy surrounding the draft amendment of the Criminal Code (KUHP) has included potential legal attacks on journalists. (Shutterstock/File)

Controversy surrounding the draft amendment of the Criminal Code (KUHP) has included potential legal attacks on journalists. The draft reintroduces articles on defamation, insult and slander, the spread of false news, incitement, public decency and crimes against state security. 

These provisions are no longer relevant, as they were partly annulled by the Constitutional Court in 2006, which repealed articles on insulting the president and vice president. 

Interestingly, the law making regime today believes limiting free expression and the press would benefit democracy and the rule of law, as reflected from two legal developments — the latest circulated draft amendment of the Criminal Code (the Feb. 2 draft) and the recently passed amendment to the 2014 Legislative Bodies ( MD3 ) Law, which empowers the House ethics council (MKD) to take legal...

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