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Jakarta Post

Nuril case raises need for ITE Law revision

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana and Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, July 11, 2019   /  07:44 pm
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Baiq Nuril Maknun (center), convicted of defamation for reporting her alleged sexual harasser, arrives at the Law and Human Rights Ministry in Jakarta on Monday to ask President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to grant her amnesty. (JP/Dhoni Setiawan)

The case of Baiq Nuril Maknun, the West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) woman who was convicted of defaming her alleged sexual harasser, has once again led to demands for a revision of the controversial Electronic Transaction and Information (ITE) Law to remove the catch-all clauses that were used in Nuril's prosecution. Presidential staffer Jaleswari Pramodhawardani said revisions to the law should be considered to prevent cases such as Nuril’s happening again. “We have received several suggestions and complaints from many experts about the elastic clauses in the ITE law,” she said after meeting with a group of activists advocating for Nuril on Thursday, as quoted by Antara news agency. “Going forward it is important for us to consider how to ensure the law does not ensnare innocent victims.” Nuril was found guilty of circulating a recording of a phone cal...