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Jokowi orders cyberlaw review as libel claims soar in Indonesia

ITE legislation draws complaints that it harms freedom of expression

Indonesian President Joko Widodo last month ordered the national police chief to draw up clear guidelines on the enforcement of a law aimed at cleaning up Indonesia's digital space (Source photos from AP and Reuters)

JAKARTA -- President Joko Widodo has ordered a review of a law aimed at cleaning up Indonesia's digital space, amid complaints it is being used to attack freedom of expression.

The country's electronic information and transaction (ITE) law, was passed in 2008 and revised in 2016. But activists say some clauses are ambiguous and prone to abuse, especially in areas such as libel, hate speech and online distribution of obscene materials.

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