Jakarta Post Editor’s Blasphemy Case ‘Under Review’: Police

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By Dominic Diongson on 10:37 am Dec 16, 2014
Category CrimeFront PageNewsPolitics

Jakarta. Hints emerged on Monday the police may be softening their stance in the blasphemy investigation against The Jakarta Post’s chief editor, Meidyatama Suryodiningrat. Although the Indonesian Press Council announced unequivocally on Monday the case will be dropped, that declaration appeared premature, as a police spokesman only said further consideration of the case was pending.

“We have made an agreement with the police to close the investigation into the case. It’s over,” Press Council member Yosep Adi Prasetyo told the Jakarta Globe on Monday. “This case is a pure ethics violation, and the newspaper has done what must be done when it comes to an ethics violation,” Yosep said.

National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar, however, only dropped hints of a softening position. “We are planning to [review] the case,” Boy was quoted as saying by Tempo.co on Monday.

The police’s decision to name the Post’s editor a blasphemy suspect drew widespread criticism last week.

Jakarta Police named Meidyatama a suspect in the July 3 publication of a caricature that depicted the Shahada flag — which bears the inscription of an Islamic creed declaring belief in the oneness of God and acceptance of Muhammad as His messenger, most recently popularized as the insignia of Islamic State fighters — with the central oval replaced by a Jolly Roger-style skull and crossbones beneath the Arabic inscription “there is no God except Allah.”

The newspaper retracted the caricature and apologized in both Bahasa Indonesia and English, emphasizing that the newspaper had no intention of mocking Islam.

The statement was confirmed by the Post’s lawyer Todung Mulya Lubis, saying that the media only wanted to inform people about the danger of radical IS group.

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2 replies

  1. It seems that blasphemy issues create a witch hunt in Muslim societies and take away common sense from freedom of speech issues.

    We could perhaps leave some of these issues to God’s Providence. Allah says in the Holy Quran that He is jealous about the Prophet’s honor, so perhaps, in most scenarios, we could leave it to Him. Allah says:

    Surely We have given thee abundance of good;so pray to thy Lord, and offer sacrifice. Surely, it is thy enemy who is without issue. (Al Quran 108:2-4)

  2. In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious Ever Merciful
    Although as Muslims we do care for the honor of the Holy Prophet (p.b.u.h.) and to him and to all the Religious person the Honor of Allah is the supreme, still the blasphemy law is unnatural and hence is not an Islamic law at all, however its origin could be traced in the Holy Bible. The blasphemy is crime to Allah and Allah himself is responsible to take revenge in the hereafter casting them in the hell fire.
    The harms of the blasphemy laws are much greater and harmful for the society, creating chaos in the society, more so these are used for interior motives, so they need be repealed forth with.
    The Holy Prophet Mohammad (p.b.u.h.) never punished any one in his life time and the Holy Quran is silent on this issue. Only it says Allah is sufficient to take revenge from the infidels.
    Zarif Ahmad

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