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Jakarta Post

Free speech under threat in Jokowi’s first year

  • Marchio Irfan Gorbiano


Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Young woman was wrapping her mount by adhesive tape, Concept freedom of speech, censorship, freedom of press. International Human Right day.(Shutterstock/siam.pukkato)

The first year of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s second and final term has been characterized by a shrinking space for freedom of expression, the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) and rights activists have claimed.    Komnas HAM commissioner Amiruddin Al-Rahab said the trend was reflected in the many complaints the government-sanctioned independent body had received since late last year.    “Last week, Komnas HAM issued a statement about freedom of expression that appeared to be suppressed. That statement was based on numerous complaints filed with Komnas HAM,” Amiruddin said in a recent webinar. He urged the government to protect free speech, saying this was a key indicator of the quality of democracy in the country.    A recent survey by pollster Indikator Politik Indonesia found that 69.6 pe...