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Commentary: House of Representatives waging war against free speech

  • Ary Hermawan

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 14 2018   /  12:13 am

Is it just me, or are lawmakers currently at war with democracy?

Public debate over the controversial provisions in the draft penal code, which has been widely criticized for being anticriticism, is not over yet. Now, out of the blue, lawmakers have just passed a law granting the House of Representatives (DPR) ethics body the power to press charges against those critical of the legislative body and its members.

On Monday, the House passed into law the amendment to the 2014 Legislative Institutions Law, known as the MD3 Law. The law outlines the authority of the nation’s three legislative bodies — the House, the People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD).

It was probably one of the most boring bills deliberated by lawmakers with the most contentious provision, at least until a few months ago, being the one outlining the ...