‘Post’ chief responds to being named suspect

The Jakarta Post’s chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat issued a statement on Thursday evening in response to the announcement made by the Jakarta Police that he has been named a suspect in a blasphemy case.

“We have received information on the matter and currently we are still studying it,” he said in the statement.

“We are amazed because the fact is we did not commit a criminal act as accused. What we produced was a journalistic piece that criticized the ISIS [Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant] movement, which has carried out violence in the name of religion. It means that the ISIS caricature was not blasphemous. We all know that ISIS is an organization that is banned in Indonesia and across almost the entire world.”

Meidyatama added that the Post had received a statement from the Press Council that declared the case was merely related to journalism’s code of ethics and so was not a criminal matter.

“This should fall within the jurisdiction of the Press Council,” he stated.

“However, we respect the ongoing process and we will follow it in accordance with the prevailing regulations.”

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