TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Youtube content creator Rius Vernandes – who’s facing defamation charges filed by Garuda Indonesia – asserts in his Instagram post that he never intended any harm to the flag-carrier when he posted a handwritten menu served by the carrier’s flight attendant.
“Elwy and I received a summons regarding this matter. I’m sure you are all aware that I never intended in any way to defame anyone,” said Rius in one of his latest Instagram post on Wednesday, July 17.
His post then called for the public’s support and mentioned his concern for the future of content creating by reviewers such as himself. “We don’t want a future where we face criminal charges when we review something as it is or offer constructive criticism,” he wrote.
Despite asserting his respect for the law and stated that he will be cooperative with further legal procedures he is subjected to, Rius questioned whether there are no other options to solve the issue.
His clarification post garnered more than 10,000 comments and 84,961 likes as of this noon.
Previously, Rius and his partner Elwiyana Monica were reported to the police by Garuda Indonesia on Saturday, July 13, for alleged defamation. The original content the carrier saw problematic was when Rius posted an Instagram story of a menu they were given that was handwritten on a piece of paper during one of their flights.
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