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Discussion of Broadcasting Bill Postponed, Press Community Must Remain Alert

The DPR plans to postpone discussion of the Broadcasting Bill. However, the press community should remain alert to threats to press freedom.

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By
TATANG MULYANA SINAGA
· 4 minutes read
Journalists closing their eyes and mouths as a symbol of silencing during a protest against the Broadcasting Bill in front of the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday (27/5/2024).
KOMPAS/ADRYAN YOGA PARAMADWYA

Journalists closing their eyes and mouths as a symbol of silencing during a protest against the Broadcasting Bill in front of the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, on Monday (27/5/2024).

JAKARTA, KOMPAS — The Legislative Body of the House of Representatives (DPR) plans to postpone discussions on the revision of Law Number 32 of 2002 concerning Broadcasting. However, the delay did not reduce threats to press freedom. The press community needs to continue to monitor the process because controversial articles may still appear in the future.

Chairman of the Law and Legislation Commission Press Council Arif Zulkifli assessed that the DPR Baleg's statement regarding the postponement of discussion of the Broadcasting Bill was a response to the public's attitude who criticized a number of articles in the draft bill. Article 50B Paragraph 2 Letter c, for example, regulates broadcast content standards, one of the points of which is to prohibit the exclusive broadcast of investigative journalism.

Editor:
ALOYSIUS BUDI KURNIAWAN
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