Friday, November 20, 2015

Website Wahabi 'Voa-Islam' Reported to Police for Insulting Gus Dur ~ Asep Hadian, Pagar Nusa Bandung martial arts group member, reported news site VOA Islam to the police’s criminal investigation agency for libelous statements on former president Abdurrahman Wahid or Gus Dur. “Their reporting violates code of ethics of the press and the law,” said Asep on Friday, November 20.

Asep said VOA Islam blatantly insulted Gus Dur in an article titled “Rizal Ramli: Gus Dur Itu Wali yang Kesepuluh?” which was uploaded on November 6. According to Asep, there are many sentences degrading Gus Dur in the article. Meanwhile, VOA Islam site was inaccessible this morning.

Asep said the reporting deliberately tried to cause tensions between people and groups, especially Nahdlatul Ulama. He believed that there was another purpose for the article besides attacking Gus Dur.

He asked the police to follow through this matter quickly and in accordance to the law. “We hope the police will do something in three days after the report was submitted,” he said.

Asep added that with or without National Police Chief’s circular about hate speech, it is important for the police to take action. “We don’t want that news disturb the relations between races, religions and groups,” he said.

Source Tempo (Abdul Aziz)

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