ITE Law and Patterns of Criminalization for Journalists


The Southeast Sulawesi Regional Police named Muhammad Irvan, a journalist for as a suspect on May 9, 2022.

The police named Irvan as a suspect on charges of violating Article 14 paragraphs (1) and (2) regarding broadcasting news or fake news based on Article Law no. 1 of 1946 concerning criminal law regulations, as well as article 45 paragraph (3) Jo. Article 27 paragraph (3) regarding the completeness and/or desecration of the ITE Law against Irvan.

The determination of the suspect is related to Irvan's news published on, regarding a businessman, that AT is being investigated by the Southeast Sulawesi Attorney General's Office on suspicion of tax shipments from a company in Kendari, Southeast Sulawesi. In fact, when the report was published, AT was in Bali. The report published in December 2021.

For his report, Irvan did receive information from an anonymous sourceattorney and did not confirm it with AT. For the error in reporting, Irvan has apologized and made clarifications through his news. for this legal report, Muhammad Irvan was sentenced to 7 months in prison.

Number of attacked persons or entities related to media
Do they work as freelance or media?
Position in media
Status of journalists
Southeast Sulawesi
Full name or name of group
The name of perpetrator (individual/group)
Businessman, AT
Attack mention about gender background/sexual wording?
Date of incident
Year of incident
Type of incident
Detention - imprisonment