Lawmaker applauds Cops chief’s move on ITE Law execution

Jakarta – Herman Hery, chairman of Commission III of the House of Representatives (DPR), applauded the Indonesian Authorities Chief’s strategy to release guidelines to his subordinates on application of the Electronic Transaction and Details (ITE) Law.

” The Authorities chief’s relocation is an advancement and good development that might minimize uproar,” the lawmaker told Antara here on Thursday.

Hery expressed belief that the Police chief’s relocation would avoid the neighborhood from submitting authorities reports versus one another.

” I see the spirit and great will of the Cops chief to make the Authorities institution more expert in legal enforcement, so that its effect would be felt by the public,” he said.

Cops Chief General Listyo Sigit Prabowo had alerted journalism of his plan to follow up on President Joko Widodo’s directives highlighting no application of “elastic” clauses in the ITE Law to criminalize specific parties.

Prabowo said he would advise his subordinates to focus on mediation in handling reports worrying the ITE Law violations that can potentially activate horizontal conflicts.

He mentioned libel as an example of a case having no potential to set off a horizontal dispute.

Prabowo would provide a guideline to his subordinates to deal with reports on infraction of the ITE Law submitted by the victims personally and not by those declaring to be representatives of the victims.

The Cops chief accentuated President Widodo’s remarks at a management meeting of the National Police (Polri) and the Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) on February 15, 2021, that emphasized the significance of police to be selective in responding to and handling reports describing ITE Law infractions.

” If the ITE Law might not deliver a sense of justice, I will advise the DPR to revise the ITE law together since this is the upstream, especially to abolish ‘elastic’ short articles having several analyses that might be quickly translated unilaterally,” the head of state kept in mind.

The ITE Law was passed in 2008 and amended in2016
Nevertheless, some parties presumed that the law’s disparagement stipulation is typically used to silence voices that reveal criticism of the government and beneficial interests.

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