An association called the P has reported a man called Eko Prasetia for hate speech against them and for accusing them of working for Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama’s “cyber team” as social media “buzzers.”
“The man calls us ‘prostitutes,’ which is an insult to our profession,” PFI Chairman Lucky Pransiska said in Jakarta on Wednesday (11/01).
PFI claimed Eko had violated the Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law — Indonesia’s internet law — by spreading the false information.
The report was triggered by a photo, uploaded by Eko Prasetia, that went viral on social media a couple of days ago showing the journalists at Ahok’s blasphemy trial on Jan. 3 and containing the offensive caption.
Lucky said Eko had taken the photo himself with his mobile phone at the trial.
It was uploaded on Jan. 10 on Eko’s Facebook account with a caption accusing the journalists of working for Ahok’s “cyber team” as social media “buzzers.” The caption also said that Ahok was a “blasphemer.”
Lucky had made contact with Eko on Facebook and demanded that he apologizes to the journalists. Eka did apologize to Lucky personally on Facebook Messenger, but his Facebook account was deactivated on Tuesday and since then he had been ignoring the journalists’ demand to issue a public apology.
Lucky said the photo journalists will start legal proceedings against Eko for spreading hoax on social media.
However, Lucky also said that the PFI can withdraw the report if Eko apologizes in public.