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Activists warn of ITE Law 'abuse' as Ahmad Dani convicted for hate speech

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Rizki Fachriansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 13, 2019   /  05:34 pm
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Musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo gives a thumb up as he is sentenced to one year in prison for hate speech on June 11 at the Surabaya District Court. (Antara/Didik Suhartono)

Rights groups have raised concerns over free speech in the country after musician Ahmad Dhani Prasetyo was sentenced to one year in prison on June 11 for calling his a group of people "idiots" in a vlog. Several activists were especially troubled by what they viewed as an abuse of an article in the Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law that forbids the deliberate distribution of "electronic information and/or documents that contain insults and/or defamation”. Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) executive director Anggara said in a statement that the Surabaya District Court’s ruling against Dhani for violating the ITE Law was "out of proportion". He said that Article 27, Clause 3 of the ITE Law was prone to abuse due to poor regulation, and that further abuse of the law could possibly clamp do...