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Deemed a threat to press freedom, Press Council Rejects Broadcasting Bill

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Jakarta, IO – The Press Council rejects the revision of Law 32/2002 concerning Broadcasting. Press Council chair Ninik Rahayu believes that this regulation can potentially threaten press freedom in Indonesia.

“Regarding the October 2023 version of the Broadcasting bill, the Press Council and its constituent members rejected it,” said Ninik, per Katadata, Wed (15/5).

Ninik explained the legal and journalistic context behind this rejection. From a legal perspective, the Press Council highlighted Law 40/1999 concerning journalism which was not included in the consideration of Bill 32/2002.

In the context of reporting, the Press Council is of the view that if this change is retained in some of the regulations, it will led to bad, unprofessional and biased journalistic product.

In addition, the bill drafting process is also considered to have violated the Constitutional Court (MK) ruling which stipulates that the drafting of regulations must involve meaningful community participation.

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From a substantive journalistic perspective, Ninik does not agree with the ban on investigative journalism because it violates Law 40/1999. If this continues, she fears that the bill will curtail press freedom in Indonesia.

“Actually, with Law 40, we no longer recognize censorship, banning and broadcasting prohibitions on quality journalistic works,” said Ninik. “Investigative media broadcast is the cornerstone of professional journalistic works.” (un)

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