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Jakarta Post

Instagram account reported for alleged slander

  • Arya Dipa

    The Jakarta Post

Bandung, West Java   /   Wed, March 14, 2018   /   11:58 pm
Instagram account reported for alleged slander Get ready: An election officer moves a ballot box at the Ciamis Regional Elections logistics warehouse in Ciamis regency, West Java, on Feb. 28. (Antara/Adeng Bustomi)

Tubagus Hasanuddin and Anton Charliyan, the West Java governor and deputy governor candidates nominated by the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), reported an Instagram account for alleged slander to the Elections Supervisory Agency’s (Bawaslu) legal division on Wednesday.

They reported a post from Instagram account @perisai.rakyat21 that shows a picture of Hasanuddin and Anton at their campaign event, with the text "Hasetan", an abbreviation of Hasanuddin-Anton Setan (Hasanuddin-Anton is Satan). The picture was posted on the Instagram account at around 9 p.m. on Tuesday.

The team found the post on Wednesday morning.

According to the candidates' lawyer, Indra Sudrajat, although his client was no stranger to social media attacks, the recent Instagram post went too far. “We are going to report this case to the police as well,” Indra said.

According to Yusuf Kurnia, a Bawaslu official in West Java, if found guilty of violating Law No. 1/2014 on gubernatorial and regional elections, the suspect faces a maximum sentence of 18 months' imprisonment and a fine of Rp 6 million (US$436.80).

The lawyer said he hoped the case would not affect the elections on June 27.(sha/ebf)