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Press Council reiterates stance on Yusuf death

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, June 13 2018   /  12:33 am

In light of the recent death of journalist Muhammad Yusuf, 42, from Kotabaru regency, South Kalimantan, the Press Council reiterated its stance that his work was not in line with professional journalism, thus removing him from the protection of the press.

Yusuf, who worked for online news portal KemajuanRakyat.co.id, died at Kotabaru Regional Public Hospital on Sunday after being in police custody on defamation and hate speech charges filed by PT Multi Sarana Agro Mandiri (MSAM).

The council had investigated 23 of Yusuf’s published articles, some of which were about MSAM and published either on KemajuanRakyat.co.id and another lesser known online news portal berantasnews.com.

“The council’s press expert concluded that Yusuf’s articles were generally unverified, unbalanced, and opinionated,” said the its chairman, Yoseph Adi Prasetyo, in a statement on Tuesd...