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Cyberviolence targets govt critics: SAFEnet

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    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 16 2020   /  01:00 am
Why don’t you call?: A woman stares intently at her mobile phone, waiting for a message from an online love interest who has deserted her without a word. In the internet age, when people have begun to lose the ability to communicate face-to-face, many people are reluctant to have difficult conversations with their partners or online love interests and can instead decide to ghost them. 
(Shutterstock/RATTA LAPNAN)

Digital violence has shown an alarming increase throughout 2019, especially leveled at women and critical voices against authorities, according to a report launched by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet). The report revealed that 60 complaints related to gender-based cyber violence were recorded in 2019, said SAFEnet executive director Samar Juniarto. “SAFEnet received 60 reports, of which 44 we received from Komnas Perempuan [the National Commission on Violence Against Women] as our partner,” Damar said during the report’s launch on Friday as reported by kompas.com. He said another 16 reports came in through the group’s communication channels, including those referred by other communities. From the 60 cases, 53 plaintiffs were women while the rest declined to reveal their gender. The most reported form of gender-based cyber v...