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Jakarta Post

No jail for libel case, please

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, June 6 2008   /  09:47 am

Two journalists who received prison sentences for defamation have submitted revisions to their request for the Constitutional Court to review four articles in the Criminal Code that they claim can be used to silence the press. The petitioners, Risang Bima Wijaya and Bersihar Lubis, were represented by lawyer Anggara from the Legal Aid Institute for Press (LBH Pers) during a second pretrial hearing Thursday. The LBH Pers said its clients were petitioning the court to review Articles 207, 310(1,2), 311(1) and 316 of the Criminal Code. At the hearing, the LBH Pers provided more information on the petitioners' lost constitutional rights and the focus of their request for a judicial review of Articles 207 and 316, which deal with defamation and libel, as demanded by the court in the previous session on May 22. Anggara said the aim of the petitioners' request was ...