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Vague articles in information law gives rise to concern

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, April 14 2010   /  09:49 am

Press and law experts worry that the vagueness of the 2008 Freedom of Information Law, which will take effect in late April, will have a negative impact on press freedom. A member of the Press Council, Wina Armada Sukardi, said on Monday in a discussion at the Press Council office in Jakarta that some of the articles could possibly criminalize the work of the press.He cited Article 51, which stipulates that institutions or persons using information in an “unlawful manner” would face one year in prison and/or a maximum fine of Rp 5 million (US$544).“There is no fixed definition of ‘unlawful manner’ so the press will be prone to criminalization,” he said.
Another speaker at the discussion, Mas Ahmad Santosa, a member of the Judicial Mafia Taskforce, said that there were also some requirements in the law that could make its implementation difficult.“The person or institutio...