The ITE Law Polemic: Political Will and Healthy Public Spaces

by: Zulfahmy Wahab (Wasekjen PB PMII)

Sunday, 28 February 2021 – 01:30 WIB

Illustration. Photo: pixabay, JAKARTA – President Joko Widodo’s statement asking the public to be more active in conveying criticism, input, or potential maladministration immediately provoked a public response.

In response to this statement, public pressure regarding the discourse on revising the ITE Law was rolling back in the public.

Several groups and community leaders argued that the implementation of the ITE Law had silenced public opinion.

Law Number 11 of 2008 concerning ITE is considered to have a number of “rubber articles” and creates multiple interpretations, which threaten the sense of justice in society.

In addition, the implementation of the ITE Law is considered to be pressing the space for freedom of expression, so that substantive democratic values ​​are not achieved.

On the other hand, the presence of the ITE Law is very important as an instrument of control over the public space.

So that freedom of opinion is not easily ridden by certain groups that have an agenda of provocation by spreading hoaxes and hate speech to achieve a goal.

A number of facts reveal that hoaxes and hate speech are systematically and massively produced by certain groups to attack individuals and groups deemed to have different views or interests.

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