Activists Fatia Maulidiyanti and Haris Azhar had posted a video in 2021 discussing the role of officials in destructive mining.
The Electronic Information and Transactions Law (ITE Law), known for stifling freedom of expression and suppressing human rights defenders, requires immediate attention and rectification.
Aliansi Jurnalis Independen Indonesia, one of the petitioners, said that journalists have been charged under these “catch-all” laws.
A student group in Indonesia said it recorded 185 cases of press-related abuses on campuses in the country.
The complaint concerns the activists’ discussion on YouTube about a report that alleged that the government had conducted “illegal military operations” in Papua’s Central Highlands to access gold deposits.
Amnesty International Indonesia and the Alliance of Independent Journalists urged the government to uphold its human rights commitments and reverse the shrinking civic space in the country.
A new survey showed that Indonesian female journalists have experienced various forms of sexual violence in the workplace and in the course of fulfilling their duties in the field.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists noted that West Papua is the most dangerous region for journalists in Indonesia.
The regional conference was themed “Strengthening collaboration, defending press freedom in Southeast Asia”.
Indonesia’s new code imposes prison terms of up to three years for insulting the country’s president or vice president.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) has identified 19 articles in the draft criminal code of Indonesia that could criminalize the work of journalists. If passed, these new provisions could stifle press freedom ahead of the 2024 elections.
Despite protests, Indonesia’s Parliament has received a new draft of the Criminal Code that threatens to further chill political dissent and civic participation.
The Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) warns that the Ministerial Regulation 5 contains provisions that “can be misused by the government to internally control the media.”
The Committee to Protect Journalists has cited several incidents of harassment and intimidation targeting local journalists in Indonesia.