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Memes of Setya ‘pure insult, defamation’

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Mon, November 6 2017   /  12:07 am

For Setya, dodging graft charges is not enough. Instead, it is those who insult him that — according to him — should be put in jail.

In an era where almost everyone has access to the internet and social media, public figures — including high-profile politicians at the center of scandals — are easy targets for meme makers; jokes about them are clickbait.

House of Representatives speaker and Golkar Party chairman, Setya Novanto, is no exception. In November 2015, amid a scandal in which the politician reportedly sought a backroom deal with a PT Freeport Indonesia executive, memes mocking Setya with the hashtag #PapaMintaSaham (daddy wants company shares) were all over the internet.

At that time, Setya did not report any of the meme makers.

He recently became the target of online satire once again after a photograph of him lying on a hospital bed went vir...