TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Jakarta Administrative District Court (PTUN) declared President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo and the Minister of Communication and Informatics Johnny G. Plate guilty for blocking internet access in Papua and West Papua Provinces.
The panel of judges ruled that the President and the Minister violated the law for their policy on the internet blocking in the two provinces.
In August 2019, the government throttled the internet bandwidth in the country’s easternmost provinces due to unrest following mass demonstrations in the regions. The policy was challenged by the freedom of the press defense team in November 2019.
In the lawsuit, the plaintiff asked President Jokowi and Minister Johnny to publish an apology in printed media, television stations, and radio broadcasts, with the following text:
"We, the Government of the Republic of Indonesia, hereby express our apologies to all press workers and Indonesian citizens for our unprofessional actions in blocking data services in Papua and West Papua."
The apology was asked to be published in three national printed media, namely Koran Tempo, The Jakarta Post, and Kompas by 1/6 page and be aired on six TV stations, namely Metro TV, RCTI, SCTV, TV ONE, TRANS TV, and Kompas TV one month after the verdict is declared.
The official apology must also be broadcasted on three radio stations, such as Elshinta, KBR 68H, and RRI.