Jakarta: A 23-year-old janitor in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, is going through a most six years in jail for violating a cyber regulation as he posted a video on social media platform Tiktok allegedly calling for the “slaughter” of Palestinian “pigs”.
He has been charged with violating a 2008 digital info and transactions (ITE) regulation, which regulates on-line exercise, together with for defamation and hate speech.
The motion got here because the clip drew ire of the police in West Nusa Tenggara province which stated the “suspect has made slanderous Tiktok content against the state of Palestine with inappropriate words”.
Native news channel, Kompas TV, which confirmed the clip, stated he has since apologised and stated that he had mistaken Palestine for Israel, reported Reuters because it couldn’t independently determine the suspect’s Tiktok account.
The rights activists have criticized the 2008 digital info and transactions (ITE) regulation stating its broad interpretation permits it for use to silence dissent, goal authorities opponents and curtail free speech.
In line with information compiled by digital advocacy group Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Community (SAFEnet), round 700 individuals have been imprisoned from 2016 to 2020 beneath this regulation.
Indonesia is a staunch supporter of Palestine.