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Jakarta Post

Papua internet ban unlawful

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, June 4 2020   /  01:30 am
Papuan students grouped under Papuan Student Alliance (AMP) hold a protest in front of Merdeka Palace in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, Aug. 28,. 2019. In the protests, they reject racial abuse and demand the government to retract the internet blackout in West Papua and Papua. (JP/Donny Fernando)

The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) ruled on Wednesday that it was unlawful for the government to shut down the internet in Papua and West Papua during heightened security tensions caused by antiracism protests in the two provinces last year.    The panel of judges found that the government had violated the 1959 State Emergency Law by imposing the internet blackout after it failed to prove during the court hearings that Indonesia was in a state of emergency that required the authorities to shut down the internet.   The panel of judges also ruled that any policy that limited people’s right to information should be made in accordance with the law and not merely based on the government’s discretion.   “The court declares [the internet blackout] was a violation of the law by government bodies or officials,” presiding jud...