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Indonesian citizens were forbidden to criticize the officials, reports The Straits Times Thursday, March 15.
Law adopted by government allows you to put pressure on anyone who “shows disrespect to Parliament or its members”. Violators face imprisonment. At the same time, the document does not specify any particular time they can.
“As the law will identify disrespectful? No one explains and it can be interpreted as anything if you need to silence those who are critical against the government,” said one of the members of the division of observers in the Indonesian Parliament Sebastian Salang (Salang Sebastian).
Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo refused to sign the document. However, this did not affect his acceptance as the head of state has veto power.
Now to repeal the law, only the constitutional court. His representative said that there were several petitions to revoke the decision of the Parliament, but their consideration can take several months. Thus, according to the document, prison could face those who March 15, advocated its abolition in front of the courthouse.
Indonesia is the third largest democracy in the world after India and the United States, the newspaper notes. The law on the inadmissibility of negative reviews about the policies was passed by Parliament in February, but officially came into force only now.
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