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Minister condemned for calling jobs law criticism 'hoaxes'

  • News Desk

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 17 2020   /  01:00 am
Sekjen partai NasDem Johnny G Plate tiba di Kompleks Istana Kepresidenan Jakarta, Selasa (22/10/2019).(JP/Donny Fernando)

The Legal Aid Institute for the Press (LBH Pers) has expressed dismay over Communication and Technology Minister Johnny G. Plate’s insistence that the stream of criticism and protests against the Job Creation Law was driven by nothing but misinformation and hoaxes. LBH Pers director Ade Wahyudi said the minister’s tonally authoritarian statement showed a regression in the country’s democracy. “We have entered an era in which the truth only belongs to the government,” Ade said on Thursday, as quoted by tempo.co. “It’s not characteristic of a democratic nation.” He argued that it was the government and lawmakers themselves that had perpetuated disinformation by denying the public access to the final version of the law in the first place. Johnny made the controversial statement during a live interview with television journalist ...