Journalists in Lampung, Indonesia Reported to police for their news coverage


On April 20, 2023, a journalist named Sumantri from Wawainews was reported to the Tanggamus Police in Lampung, Indonesia for alleged violations of the Electronic Information and Transaction (ITE) Law.

Yazmi Dona, a resident of Pasar Tengah, West Coast in Lampung, reported Sumantri. Yazmi serves as an attorney for the village leader of Way Nipah, Pematang Sawa, Tanggamus, Lampung, Indonesia, identified by the initials APR.

It has been reported that Sumantri allegedly encountered an act of violence perpetrated by the village head of Way Nipah, APR, on the 28th of February, 2023. During that period, APR employed threats and resorted to acts of violence against Sumantri due to his refusal to acknowledge reports concerning the purported reductions in the Direct Cash Assistance Program for villages in 2022.

APR raises concerns regarding the accuracy of the data presented in the report released by Wawainews in 2022. According to the reports, the Direct Cash Assistance Program in Way Nipah saw a deduction of IDR 100,000. The residents ought to have received a sum of IDR 300,000. Nevertheless, the amount distributed by the local apparatus was only IDR 200,000. The village officials argued that the reductions were implemented to ensure equitable allocation of assistance. The purposeful reduction of the Direct Cash Assistance allocation by the village government was intended to facilitate its distribution among other residents. Meanwhile, the report was written using confessions from local villagers.

Sumantri, who encountered APR by accident in front of the Pematang Sawa District Office, was urged to reveal which local resident was the news's source. However, the journalist refused to tell who the source was.

During this particular incident, APR also provoked Sumantri to a fight and ripped Sumantri's clothing. Due to this incident, On March 1, 2023, Sumantri reported back APR action to the Tanggamus Police.

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Yazmi Dona (attorney for the village leader of Way Nipah)
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Criminal lawsuit/charge: Defamation
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