MAKASSAR, RAKYAT NEWS – The uncertainty surrounding the halted discussions on the Broadcasting Bill has led the Indonesian Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) to oppose the revision of Law No. 32 of 2022 on Broadcasting, currently under deliberation in the Indonesian House of Representatives (DPR RI).

“AJI rejects it. Many of the articles are problematic. Forcing this through will only create more issues,” stated Bayu Wardhana, a National Board member of AJI Indonesia, as reported by Antara.

He suggested that if the law must be revised, it should be done by the next term of DPR members, not the current ones. With only a few months left and the need for more thorough discussions, he believes this is a more prudent approach.

He highlighted several articles that could potentially hinder press freedom in Indonesia, such as Article 56, Paragraph 2, Point C, which prohibits the exclusive airing of investigative journalism.

“This article is confusing. Why there is a prohibition on the exclusive airing of investigative journalism? This seems to implicitly restricted the broadcast of investigative journalistic works. It’s a clear attempt to silence the press,” he explained.

Furthermore, Bayu pointed out the potential for overlapping authority in resolving journalistic disputes between the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and the Press Council (Dewan PERS). This issue is evident in Article 25, Paragraph Q, which addresses the resolution of journalistic disputes in broadcasting, and Article 127, Paragraph 2, which states that the resolution of disputes related to broadcasting activities is conducted by the KPI in accordance with legislative regulations.