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Jakarta Post

Online petitions grow, challenges remain

  • News Desk

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, January 28, 2020   /  01:28 pm
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Hundreds of students protest in front of the House of Representatives in Central Jakarta against the amendment of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) Law, the Criminal Code draft (RKUHP) and the sexual violence bill (RUU KUHP).(JP/Ghina Ghaliya)

In recent years, we have seen a rise of digital activism in Indonesia through online petitions. Some are political (such as a petition against the Criminal Code revision known as RKUHP), others are nonsensical (like the petition against a TV advertisement of K-pop girl band Blackpink). Despite growing participation in such activism, online petitions aren’t always a winning move. Data from, an online petition website, show that 2019 was a year of hyped democracy and antigraft campaigns. A petition titled #reformasidikorupsi (corrupted Reform Era) gained 2.3 million online signatures, while #semuabisakena (everyone can be a victim), a petition against the Criminal Code revision, gained more than 1 million backers. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo remained the most targeted figure in online petitions in 2019, with 6,259,598 online signatures dir...