The Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) has condemned the hacking of cekfakta.com, an official fact-checking website that was created in a collaborative project involving 24 mainstream media organizations in Indonesia.
The website has allegedly been under the control of hackers since Tuesday night, just two days after the second presidential debate was aired, with the hackers diverting the site to a YouTube jump-scare video in which footage of a girl is shown before an image of a scary face suddenly appears.
“The hacking has disturbed all work conducted by the team, which aims to fight hoaxes,” Gading YD of LBH Pers said on Wednesday.
“We call on the police to immediately investigate the incident and find out who is responsible for this."
The website also conducted collaborative live fact-checking during the presidential debates to verify claims made by candidates.
According to LBH Pers, hacking is the unauthorized intrusion into an electronic network and illegal under Article 19 of the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law.