Jonru named hate speech sus­pect

The Jakarta Post - - CITY -

JAKARTA: The Jakarta Po­lice have named Jonru Gint­ing, a so­cial me­dia per­sona, a sus­pect for spread­ing hate speech.

His sta­tus was changed from wit­ness to sus­pect af­ter the po­lice ques­tioned him for 15 hours on Thurs­day.

“We ob­tained ev­i­dence in the form of state­ments from wit­nesses and ex­perts be­fore nam­ing him a sus­pect,” Jakarta Po­lice spokesman Sr. Comr. Argo Yu­wono said on Fri­day as quoted by kom­pas.com.

Argo said the po­lice had de­cided not to de­tain Jonru, who was still be­ing in­ter­ro­gated.

Jonru has been charged un­der the Elec­tronic In­for­ma­tion and Trans­ac­tions (ITE) Law con­cern­ing hate speech.

He was re­ported to the po­lice by a lawyer, Muan­nas Al Ai­did, on Aug. 31, af­ter ap­pear­ing on a TV talk show on Aug. 29, dur­ing which he ad­mit­ted to writ­ing a post ques­tion­ing the iden­ti­ties of Pres­i­dent Joko “Jokowi” Wi­dodo’s par­ents.

Jonru claimed that Jokowi was the only pres­i­dent whose par­ents’ iden­ti­ties were un­clear, crit­i­ciz­ing peo­ple who elected him to such an im­por­tant po­si­tion.

How­ever, dur­ing the show, Jonru said he did not mean to of­fend Jokowi.

Muan­nas said a lot of Jonru’s posts on so­cial me­dia had in­cited ha­tred re­lated to eth­nic, re­li­gious, racial or so­ci­etal groups (SARA).

On Sept. 4, a lawyer named Muhamad Zakir Rasyidin re­ported Jonru for the same rea­son.

Muan­nas re­ported Jonru to the po­lice again on Sept. 19 for a com­ment on so­cial me­dia, in which he al­legedly mis­spelled Muan­nas’ last name “Ai­did” as “Aidit” on pur­pose, re­fer­ring to the late DN Aidit, a se­nior leader of the out­lawed In­done­sian Com­mu­nist Party (PKI). — JP

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