Govt annuls a number of ITE Law articles

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Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej
Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej (Source: ig @eddyhiariej)

Jakarta, IO – The government revoked a number of articles in the Electronic Information and Transactions Law through the Draft Criminal Code Bill (RKUHP). Deputy Law and Human Rights Minister Edward Omar Sharif Hiariej said it was carried out to avoid “disparities.” The articles in question concerns defamation and insult.

“In order to avoid disparities and gaps, we will include the provisions of the ITE Law in the RKUHP, of course with adjustments which automatically revoke the criminal provisions, especially Articles 27 and 28 of the ITE Law,” said Edward, reported by Kompas, Tuesday (29/11).

Articles 27 and 28 of the ITE Law have so far been often referred to as “rubber articles” because any criticism or insult can easily be considered to be defamatory under these articles.