Press Council Denies Receiving Gratification from Ferdy Sambo

8 September 2022 10:41 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe Press Council has denied the allegation that the institution received gratuities from Ferdy Sambo, a former top police officer who is a suspect in the murder of his aid Brigadier J. 

The accusation emerged after a man named Teuku Yudhistira filed a report to the Criminal Investigation Unit at the National Police Headquarters on September 5, 2022, regarding the alleged gratification.

“The report made by Teuku Yudhistira does not have a solid basis because it is without facts and is only based on assumptions,” as read in the council's press release received by Tempo on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

The council confirmed that there was a meeting with Sambo's attorney, Arman Hanis, on July 15, 2022, at the Press Council Building. It was, however, a consultation about news on  Sambo.

The council denied receiving any form of gratuity at the meeting. “The consultation was carried out by the lawyer of Sambo’s family and four council members, the council's complaint team, and was also attended by dozens of journalists,” it underlined.

On Teuku Yudhistira who claimed to be a journalist, the council confirmed that he has not yet taken the journalist competency test and his media is not yet verified by the council.

The council further emphasized that it would comply with applicable legal procedures. “The Press Council will continue to follow applicable legal procedures and consequences of the report.”

M JULNIS FIRMANSYAH

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