‘I would give my life for free speech’

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Indon journos challenge OSA-like secrets law

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Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, president of Indonesia

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (Image: Wikipedia)

  • Journalists face 10 years’ jail for using classified govt papers

  • ‘Broad and vague definition of secrets threatens press freedom’

Journalists and other activists have filed a constitutional challenge in Jakarta against a new law on state intelligence and official secrets under which journalists could face up to 10 years’ jail if they used or cited classified government documents for scrutiny or criticism of public institutions.

The challenge has been mounted by the Alliance of Independent Journalists, four NGOs — IMPARSIAL, ELSAM, YLBHI, and Perkumpulan Masyarakat Setara &amdash; and 13 Indonesian nationals, all members of the Coalition of the Advocacy of Law on State Intelligence.

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