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National Police chief prescribes restorative justice in cyberlaw cases

  • Tri Indah Oktavianti and Marchio Irfan Gorbiano

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Thu, February 25, 2021   /  06:51 pm
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National Police chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo(tribunnews.com/Tribun Medan)

National Police chief Gen. Listyo Sigit Prabowo has instructed personnel to use a restorative justice approach in enforcing the country’s notorious cyberlaw, following a presidential instruction to practice greater discretion in handling provisions that have been used to entrap critics. The 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law allows people to report others for possible defamation and hate speech online. It has been the subject of heated debate due its broad interpretation, which has led to stifled criticism and impunity by people in positions of power. According to a circular issued this week, Listyo ordered police investigators to allow restorative justice to take precedence over the enforcement of the penal code, which he considered a “last resort” for resolving cases put forward under the cyberlaw. A police spokesperson said the instructio...