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Jakarta Post

Police detain hate speech suspect Jonru Ginting

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 30, 2017   /   03:16 pm
Police detain hate speech suspect Jonru Ginting Social media personality Jonru Ginting talks to reporters at the Jakarta Police headquarters on Thursday. ( Martin Pratama)


The Jakarta Police have detained Jonru Ginting, a social media personality, after naming him a suspect of hate speech in order to prevent him from destroying evidence. 

Jakarta Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yiwono said the police had not immediately detained him after naming him a suspect on Thursday night.

“Starting today, on Sept. 30, Jonru will be detained at the Jakarta Police headquarters,” Argo said on Saturday, as quoted by

“The reason for detaining the suspect is to prevent him from repeating his action, destroying evidence or running away.”

Jonru is charged under Article 28 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law on hate speech, with stipulates a maximum punishment of six years in prison. 

Jonru was reported for hate speech last month by a lawyer named Muannas Al Aidid, who claimed that a Facebook post by Jonru incited hatred related to ethnic, religious, racial or societal groups (SARA). (wnd)