The Jakarta Post
The Press Council has declared that the controversial tabloid Indonesia Barokah and all of its contents are not journalistic products and told those who felt hurt by it to not use the Press Law for any lawsuits.
The council made the statement on Tuesday after it reviewed the tabloid and its contents.
“The council has decided that Indonesia Barokah does not meet the requirements to be a press company as stipulated by the 1999 Press Law, Press Council regulations and the journalism code of ethics,” said Press Council chairman Yosep Adi Prasetyo.
The Press Council was responding to a complaint filed by the Prabowo Subianto and Sandiaga Uno presidential campaign that claimed the contents of the tabloid discredited the pair and demanded the council punish the publisher.
Indonesia Barokah has been distributed at mosques and pesantren (Islamic boarding schools) in dozens of cities and regencies in the country for more than two weeks. The front page of the tabloid featured an article questioning the motives behind December's 212 Alumni Rally, a gathering of conservative Muslims held to commemorate a string of sectarian rallies that targeted former Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama.
The council also said it had tried to find the address listed in the tabloid and invited the tabloid’s owner through email to visit the council’s office, but received no response.