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Jakarta Post

Activists raise concerns over abusive intelligence bill

  • Ridwan Max Sijabat

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, September 27 2011   /  08:00 am

Following last week’s rejection of a government proposal on the state intelligence bill by three political parties, human rights activists voiced similar concerns that the bill, if passed into law, could criminalize activists and media members for leaking intelligence information and state secrets to the public.

The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) coordinator Haris Azhar and Transparency International Indonesia coordinator Todung Mulya Lubis spoke before the House of Representatives’ working committee in Jakarta on Monday, saying that article 27 in the bill, which criminalizes anyone leaking information, intelligence or state secrets to the public, would be prone to power abuse.

“The contentious article that allows multiple interpretations must be dropped. Otherwise, more media members and activists will be criminalized. The bill canno...