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Jakarta Post

House sets different target for ITE Law revision

  • Erika Anindita Dewi
    Erika Anindita Dewi

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 3, 2016   /  01:34 pm
House sets different target for ITE Law revision House of Representatives members prepare to attend a plenary meeting at the House complex in Senayan, Central Jakarta, recently. (Tempo/-)

A House of Representatives member has said the House plans to finish the amendment to the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law in October, or one month later than the completion deadline set by the government.

"We are targeting to complete the revision in the upcoming sitting session, around the middle of October," said Abdul Kharis Almasyhari, chairman of House Commission I overseeing information and communications in Jakarta on Tuesday. 

As reported earlier, the government's working team on the amendment process initially targeted to finish the revision to the 2008 ITE Law in September.

Abdul said the discussion of the law had already touched upon almost all points in the problem inventory list of the draft revision.

The government and House legislators will continue to discuss several remaining articles in the problem inventory list, the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) politician further said.

Article 27, one of key articles in the draft revision, stipulates that a person can face criminal charges if they deliberately distribute, transmit or create accessible electronic information or documents containing slanderous and defamatory language.

The House has entered its recess period and is scheduled to resume its sitting session on Aug.16. 

Earlier, Henri Subiakto, the leader of the government's working team on the law’s amendment, said the team planned to complete the revision to the 2008 ITE Law in September, two months later than the initial July deadline.

The House has been forced to delay the completion of the law’s revision because Commission I, which oversees information and communications, must first complete the screening process of new Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) commissioners. (ebf)

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