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Jakarta Post

Investment priority a threat to civil liberties: Experts

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, February 11, 2020   /  04:08 pm
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The People's Movement (Gebrak) labor group marches toward the House of Representatives in Jakarta on Jan. 13 to protest the omnibus bill on job creation.(JP/Moch. Fiqih Prawira)

Speakers at an Indonesian Legal Aid Foundation (YLBHI) seminar on Monday warned that free speech may be in peril as the government pushed for more foreign and domestic investment in its pursuit of high growth – which Jokowi says is necessary to create jobs and increase incomes. “Freedom of expression is essential, as it is key for us to achieve our other rights,” said YLBHI chair Asfinawati at the seminar. But the writing was already on the wall that civil liberties were under threat when two violent protests erupted just weeks before the end of Jokowi's first term. Tens of thousands of people took to Jakarta's streets in September to protest the government and the House of Representatives' move to pass two controversial bills: One deemed to "muzzle" the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) and the other on...