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Background Information

Employment History

Reporter

Jawa Pos


General Manager

Radar Yogya Daily


Journalist


Web References(5 Total References)


CIJ : Indonesian journalist faces six months' imprisonment for libel

www.cijmalaysia.org [cached]

On World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2007, the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia received the sad news that the state is seeking the arrest of journalist Risang Bima Wijaya, who has been in hiding following a 2005 Supreme Court ruling rejecting his appeal against a libel verdict handed to him by a lower court.The Supreme Court sentenced Risang Bima Wijaya, former general manager and editor-in-chief of "Radar Yogya" newspaper, to six months' imprisonment for violating Article 310 of the Indonesian Criminal Code (KUHP).by libelling Sumadi Martono Wonohito, executive director of "Kedaulatan Rakyat" newspaper.It upheld the 22 December 2004 verdict of the District Court of Sleman, Yogyakarta, but reduced the prison term from the maximum nine months' imprisonment.Risang is now a reporter with the "Jawa Pos" newspaper and seeking a retrial.In May 2002, he published in "Radar Yogya" articles alleging Sumadi's sexual harassment of a female employee of "Kedaulatan Rakyat".The newspaper used as sources the victim's statements to the police and in a press conference.The police report on the victim's statement was released to various newspapers, such as "Jawa Pos", "Tabloid Adil", "Tabloid Nyata", including "Radar Yogya".The report in "Radar Yogya" also contained a chronology of the case and caricatures for illustration.The District Court's verdict in 2004 sparked off numerous protests in the press community, which is being clouded by criminalisation of journalistic activities.It is also unfortunate that the expert witness from the Press Council RH Siregar had said that Risang had transgressed journalistic ethics.Criticises the verdict of Supreme Court of Republic of Indonesia in sentencing Risang Bima Wijaya to six months in prison, considering that journalistic profession is under the protection of the 1999 Press Law and of Article 28F of the 1945 Constitution.


International Federation of Journalists

www.ifj.org [cached]

Risang Bima Wijaya, a journalist and former general manager of Radar Yogya Daily, was detained by Bangkalan Madura Resort police on December 9 and taken to ... [more ... ]Pakistan Parties Urged to Sign for Free Media


www.pinoypress.net

Risang Bima Wijaya, a journalist and former general manager of Radar Yogya Daily, was detained by Bangkalan Madura Resort police on December 9 and taken to the Sleman prosecutor's office before being taken to Yogyakarta.AJI reports the police did not have a warrant for Wijaya's arrest.Wijaya is calling for a retrial of a criminal defamation case brought against him in 2004 by the director of Kedaulatan Rakyat Daily, Sumadi M. Wonohito.Despite many appeals, the Yogyakarta High Court and the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, and Wijaya was sentenced to six months in jail.He has been working for Jawa Pos newspaper while his current appeal is processed.Meanwhile, a criminal defamation case against Bersihar Lubis, a columnist for the Koran Tempo daily, has been in the courts since September 19.


www.ifj.org

Risang Bima Wijaya, a journalist and former general manager of Radar Yogya Daily, was detained by Bangkalan Madura Resort police on December 9 and taken to the Sleman prosectuor's office before being taken to Yogyakarta.AJI reports the police did not have a warrant for Wijaya's arrest.Wijaya is calling for a retrial of a criminal defamation case brought against him in 2004 by the director of Kedaulatan Rakyat Daily, Sumadi M. Wonohito.Despite many appeals, the Yogyakarta High Court and the Supreme Court upheld the ruling, and Wijaya was sentenced to six months in jail.He has been working for Jawa Pos newspaper while his current appeal is processed.Meanwhile, a criminal defamation case against Bersihar Lubis, a columnist for the Koran Tempo daily, has been in the courts since September 19.The cases of Wijaya and Bersihar indicate, however, that the Supreme Court decision regarding the Press Law has not yet taken hold. According to the AJI report, Stop Criminalisation of the Press, 41 defamation cases have been filed against media and journalists in various cities from 2003 until April 2007.


www.thejakartapost.com

The court unanimously decided to uphold articles on defamation against public officials and members of the general public, dismissing a judicial review filed by journalist Risang Bima Wijaya and columnist Bersihar Lubis, who were jailed for insulting a chief editor and the Attorney General's Office. Risang and Bersihar filed the judicial review after claiming the defamation articles went against the Constitution, which protects freedom of the press.


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