Wednesday, 20 November 2019

Social Media Hate Speech; Civil Servants Face Termination

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  • TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian civil servants (PNS) and state civil apparatus (ASN) face possible termination due to spreading social media posts that promote hate speech or public slander. This was made clear by the national civil service agency (BKN) head spokesman, Mohammad Ridwan. 

    The BKN senior officer announced that such a warning had been issued in an official circular on May 31, 2018. 

    “[The sanctions are] based on the Government’s Decree (PP) No. 42/2004 regarding the PNS ethical code and PP No.53/2010 on a PNS’ discipline. Social platform can be used as a subject of supervision that must be done,” said Mohammad Ridwan. 

    He explained that the issuance of such policy was due to numerous complaints of civil servants posting statements that show political biases, hate speech, and hateful statements in terms of SARA (ethnicity, religion, and race). 

    This strict warning adheres to Law No.5/2014 overseeing state apparatuses that act as a country’s peace broker. “When will they take that role if they are busy liking or disliking [social platform posts],” Ridwan firmly said. 

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