Press freedom, law and politics in Indonesia : a socio-legal study

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Press freedom, law and politics in Indonesia : a socio-legal study

Title: Press freedom, law and politics in Indonesia : a socio-legal study
Author: Wiratraman, Herlambang Perdana
Publisher: Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of the Law, Van Vollenhoven Institute, Faculty of Law, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2014-12-11
Keywords: Press Freedom
Rule of Law
Decentralized governance
Abstract: Without press freedom a constitutional democracy cannot function properly, to the extent that the degree of press freedom becomes an indicator of the level of democracy in a particular country. This socio-legal study aims to clarify how the concepts of freedom of expression and press freedom have evolved in Indonesian law; how press freedom as one of the main pillars of constitutional democracy has been guaranteed or curbed by the Indonesian legal system; how press freedom has been shaped in practice; and how this can be evaluated from a rule of law perspective. The research found press freedom in Indonesia is still under pressure, despite the demise of Soeharto’s authoritarian New Order regime in 1998. Decentralised model of governance during ‘Reformasi’ has led to new types of attacks on the press. Extra-judicial killings, physical violence, bringing criminal or civil claims against journalists and impunity of those perpetrating such acts have made it difficult for many journalists to conduct their work in a proper manner and without fear. Hence, there is still a pattern of legal and non-legal attacks against the press. The research has found that from colonial times until the present Indonesia has struggled with press freedom.
Description: Promotor: J.M. Otto, Co-Promotor: A.W. Bedner
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculteit der Rechtsgeleerdheid
Citation: Wiratraman, H.P., 2014, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Series/Report no.: Meijersreeks;MI-239
ISBN: 9789462037335
Sponsor: Dikti Program

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