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Be careful what you tweet: Social media users in Indonesia reported for criticizing government

  • Kharishar Kahfi and Dyaning Pangestika

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, August 1, 2019   /  11:55 am
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The Communications and Information Ministry and the police have been monitoring social media and its users for posts that violate the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions Law.(Shutterstock/mrmohock )

It was an unusual morning for National Mandate Party (PAN) politician Dian Fatwa on July 29, when she received an email from Twitter’s legal team informing her that the Communications and Information Ministry had claimed that one of her tweets violated the 2016 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. The tweet in question, published on June 15, criticizes the Witness and Victim Protection Agency (LPSK) over its statement in a report published by gelora.co. The agency said it could not protect witnesses from losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto’s camp during a recent trial over a dispute of the presidential election result at the Constitutional Court. “What are their jobs if they can’t protect witnesses and expert witnesses [during the trial]? I’m seriously asking,” tweeted Dian, who served as a member of the Prabowo campaign ...