Bawaslu Seizes Hundreds of Unregistered Tabloid Ahead of Election

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  • Tabloid Indonesia Barokah papers sent to mosques in Bekasi. Tempo.Adi Warsono

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    TEMPO.CO, Kuningan - The Election Supervisory Board (Bawaslu) of Kuningan District confiscated 726 copies of an unregistered printed media called Tabloid Indonesia Barokah from 320 mosques across 248 villages and 32 sub-districts.

    “We still collect data of the number of the tabloid. It’s predicted that for the next days, we will receive more reports from sub-districts,” said Abdul Jalil Hermawan, a commissioner of Kuningan Thursday, January 24.

    Abdul Jalil explained that the tabloid did not contain issue on election campaign but it feared to generate polemic among the society.

    Other than spread to mosques, a digital file containing Tabloid Indonesia Barokah's article was spread via Whatsapp group, reporters, and election supervisors. Kuningan Police has started the coordination with Bawaslu to anticipate its negative impact.

    Meanwhile, Bawaslu Sleman and Yogyakarta Police also found 2,000 packages containing the unregistered media in Post Office of Plemburan Sinduadi Mlati Sleman today. Each package has three exemplars, wrapped in 21 sacks.

    Vice presidential candidate number 02 Sandiaga Uno lamented the spread of the tabloid which he deemed as a part of black campaign act. He further appealed to the two camps not to blame or attack each other and take some time for introspection for the next 80 days; the election.

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