Indonesian Student Detained Under Cyber Law for Police Extortion Video

Supporters of Aldun Fikri gather near police station. Photo shared by @FRIENDZITIndonesia on Twitter.

Supporters of Adlun Fikri. Photo shared by @FRIENDZITIndonesia on Twitter.

A university student in Ternate in the North Moluccas Islands of eastern Indonesia, is currently being detained for uploading an amateur video that shows a traffic cop trying to extort him for money after stopping him for a routine traffic violation.

According to a student news portal, Kabar Kampus, Adlun Fiqri was charged with defaming a police officer and the police as an institution, under Indonesia's Electronic Transaction and Information Act.

On Twitter, concerned citizens are tweeting about his arrest using the hashtags #saveadlunfiqri and #saveadlun.

This is for Adlun Fiqri, in solidarity for his release.

 

Don't underestimate those who are voicing the truth.

 

#saveadlun Dasar penangkapan adlun itu karena pencemaran nama baik atau karena dia mengungkapkan bukti dan fakta moral polisi ..

— Tony Harto (@Tony_Harto) October 2, 2015

Is defamation the reason for Adlun's arrest or was he arrested for revealing facts about police [behavior]?

Various organizations including the Independent Journalists Alliance (AJI) and human rights NGO Kontras have offered assistance for Adlun in this case. An NGO called North Moluccas Alliance of Indigenous People posted a timeline of events surrounding Adlun's arrest.

His viral video is no longer accessible on YouTube or Facebook. Google has catalogued countless amateur videos about Indonesian traffic cops’ extortions, however, this is the first time the uploader has been prosecuted under ITE law. Indonesia's UU ITE chapter 27 (III) is infamous for being used to curtail freedom of speech and silence political opponents.

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