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Jakarta Post

Hate speech verdict against Jerinx ‘unacceptable’: SAFEnet

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Jakarta   /   Tue, November 24 2020   /  01:00 am
Jerinx SID di Rutan Polda Bali, Denpasar, Bali, Rabu (12/8/2020) (Tribun Bali/I Wayan Erwin Widyaswara)

The Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) has criticized the hate speech verdict handed down against Bali-based musician I Gede Ari Astina, better known as Jerinx, saying his conviction was "unacceptable". The Denpasar District Court in Bali sentenced Jerinx to 14 months in prison with a fine of Rp 10 million (US$706) on Thursday after finding him guilty of spreading hate speech against the Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) through his social media account. SAFEnet executive director Damar Juniarto said the judges had made a mistake in interpreting the definition of hate speech under the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law. "It is unacceptable that the court hands down such a verdict. The clause that the judges charged against him has been used incorrectly all this time to define hate speech," Damar s...