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Jakarta Post

Court annuls advertising articles in election law

  • Eny Wulandari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 25 2009   /  01:52 pm

The Constitutional Court has dropped two articles in the 2008 election law that regulate the amount of political advertising allowed across all types of media. Presiding over the final hearing of the judicial review, court chief Moh. Mahfud MD said articles 98 and 99 were in violation of article 28 of the 1945 Constitution on freedom of expression, and therefore must be annulled. "The articles have also led to legal uncertainty and unfairness practice in society," he said to state news agency Antara. Article 99 stipulates that all media outlets must provide an equal amount of advertising space to all legislative and presidential candidates. Article 98 states that any media organization found to be in violation of the election law would face sanctioning by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission and potentially have their publishing license revoked. "On the one han...