Launching of Indonesialeaks whistleblower platform in Jakarta, Dec 2017. Wikimedia Commons

The Jakarta Post-Oct 17

In the United States, the symbol of democracy and free press, President Donald Trump and his supporters call the media “the enemy of the people” and denigrate journalists they dislike as “the lying press”. Some of this hostility is replicated in Indonesia, billed as the world’s third-largest democracy, as evident in the controversy over a collaborative investigative report involving a number of publications, journalist associations and civil society groups that aim to keep the country’s anticorruption campaign alive and kicking.  The report, published by the group’s whistleblower platform IndonesiaLeaks, cited a witness in a bribery case involving a meat importer as telling Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) investigators that she transferred bribes from the importer, her boss, to National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian between March and July 2016. He was then the Jakarta Police chief and later head of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT).

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First published in: The Jakarta Post