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Jakarta Post

KPI limits live broadcasts of terrorism trials

  • Gisela Swaragita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:31 am

Prior to the verdict on pro-Islamic State cleric Aman Abdurrahman’s trial, expected to be delivered on June 22, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has issued a circular restricting the live reporting of terrorism trials by broadcasting institutions.

In the circular letter, dated June 8, released to heads of national television and radio stations, Yuliandre Darwis, the head of the KPI, said that when airing hearings related to terror suspects, news organizations should always be wary of the potential for spreading radical ideas as well as the unintended consequences of putting terror convicts on a pedestal.

Arya Sinulingga, broadcasting director of MNC TV, told the The Jakarta Post that he supported the restriction.

“We still can take footage of the trial and air it with our own narration later,” he said on Tuesday.

He added, “I think it is ...