JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Online news outlet Liputan6.com has filed a report to Indonesian police following the doxing of its journalist Cakrayuni Nuralam on Instagram earlier this September. The concerted abuse is the latest to affect reporters in Indonesia.
The Press Legal Aid Foundation (LBH Pers) accompanied representatives of Liputan6.com in filing the report to the Jakarta Metropolitan Police on September 21.
“We decided to report the incident after the perpetrator disclosed the victim’s identity and contact details,” Ade said in a press release.
“He also altered the content of one of his reports, which is illegal, as it is the property of Liputan6.com." Liputan6.com editor-in-chief Irna Gustiawati reiterated Ade. “The incident has had an adverse effect [on Cakrayuni’s] wife and young child.”
Ade hoped that the report can deter abusers from intimidating the media. “The media profession is a legal practice carried out for the common good that is protected under the  Press Law,” he added.
“I hope other journalists who experienced [doxing] will also come forward and report their experiences to the authorities.”
According to Liputan6.com, Cakrayuni was targeted by Instagram account @d34th.5kull on September 11 for his alleged sympathies with the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), which has been banned in Indonesia since 1965.
@d34th.5kull’s allegations were based on Cakrayuni’s fact-checking article which disproved claims that PDI-Perjuangan party politician Arteria Dahlan of West Sumatra was the grandson of Bachtaroedin, a PKI legislator during the party’s heyday in the 1950’s.
@d34th.5kull’s attack on Cakrayuni culminated in the disclosure of the latter’s cellphone and social media contact details. Liputan6.com previously reported Cakrayuni’s predicament to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) on September 15.
Indonesia's press is one of the most outspoken in Southeast Asia. However, press freedom is often attacked by politicians or companies, as well as groups or individuals sympathetic to Islamic fundamentalist groups or the military regime of late Indonesian president Soeharto.
(Writer: Devina Halim | Editor: Bayu Galih)