(AP) The Jakarta State Administrative Court (PTUN) has also ordered the Communication and Informatics Minister to issue a public apology for the Internet shutdown on August 19, 2019, following unrest in Papua and West Papua last year. PTUN said Indonesian government’s decision to block Internet services in Papua and West Papua was ‘unlawful’. Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) and Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFEnet) filed the lawsuit. The apology needs to be published in three national media namely Koran Tempo, the Jakarta Post, and Kompas andin six TV stations namely Metro TV, RCTI, SCTV, TV ONE, TRANS TV, and Kompas TV. Although the government is yet to respond to the ruling, the judge has ordered the defendants to carry out the verdict.
According to the court, the minister’s ‘unlawful’ policy include slowing internet access in West Papua and Papua on August 19, 2019 from 1 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Then, Minister was stalling internet access in two provinces from August 21, 2019 to September 4, 2019 and extending the internet restrictions in four cities and districts in Papua (Jayapura City, Jayapura District, Mimika District, and Jayawijaya district) and two cities in West Papua (Manokwari and Sorong) from September 4 to 9, 2019.