THE Jakarta Police officially designated The Jakarta Post‘s Chief Editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat (MS) as suspect in the alleged blasphemy case. Meidyatama is alleged defamation of Islam through cartoons in the newspaper published in July 2014.
Meidyatama deeply shocked upon hearing himself named as suspect in this case. Because it was not committing a crime, but only doing journalistic work that criticize ISIS movement. In fact, it had apologized to the public related to the news.“We were very surprised by the fact we are not committed the crime as charged to us, because in fact we are doing the journalistic work criticizing ISIS movement that later became the government banned organization,” he said in a brief message, Thursday (11/12/2014) night.
“We’ve got information on this and today we are studying them,” he added.
In fact, Meidyatama said, it has received the opinion of the Press Council stating that this case is actually related only journalistic ethics, which means there is a criminal offense. So this should be the domain of the Press Council.
“However, we respect the process that is running and therefore we will follow the process that is taking place in accordance with applicable laws and regulations,” said Meidyatama.
Call for Interrogation
Meanwhile, the Jakarta Police’s Head of Public Relations Police Commissioner Rikwanto said The Jakarta Police investigators will call Medyatama next week. This call for examination in Meidyatama capacity as a suspect.
Rikwanto explained, Meidyatama as editor in chief is responsible for the cartoon which was considered an insult to Islam. Because, he was suspected to know and approve all of the news content contained in The Jakarta Post daily. Including the cartoons.
Apology and Cartoon Withdrawal
On July 8, 2014, The Jakarta Post has apologized, in two languages, related news which is considered as blasphemy. The Jakarta Post also regretted the news in the form of cartoons.
“We sincerely apologize and draw caricatures editorial published on page 7 in the newspaper of The Jakarta Post on July 3, 2014. The caricature contains religious symbolism that has been alluded to,” wrote The Jakarta Post.
“The Jakarta Post regrets the decision is not wise at all do not mean to attack or do not respect any religion.”
The Jakarta Post‘s Editorial said, the use of the cartoons was inntended to criticize the use of religious symbols (especially the flag of ISIL group) in acts of violence in general, and in this case, against fellow Muslims.
“In particular,it’s intended to criticize ISIL group, which has threatened to attack the Ka’bah in Makkah al-Mukarromah as part of its political agenda,” The Jakarta Post‘s editorial said.
In this case, Meidyatama is charged under Article 156a of the Criminal Code of Blasphemy. Referring to the article, it threatens Meidyatama to 5 years in prison.
The preachers were judging, Meidyatama intentionally committed to sacrilege Islam through news cartoons published in The Jakarta Post on Thursday, July 3, 2014.
Thu, 11 December 2014