Widodo Reported to the Police on Russian Propaganda Cases
President Joko Widodo. Photo by President Office

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – The Indonesia Presidential candidate Joko Widodo was reported to the National Police and Election Watch followed his statement on “Russian propaganda”, which allegedly insulted other candidates and conducted fighting in the community.

Polemic “Russian propaganda” began when he attended a campaign in Surabaya, East Java on Saturday (02/02). He quipped that there was a successful team for the 2019 Presidential Election candidates who hired foreign consultants.

The success team, said Widodo, used Russia’ propaganda theory, which spread lies so that it could potentially divide society.

Mohammad Taufiqurrahman from Advokat Peduli Pemilu said, Widodo’ statement has the potential to disrupt public order where the content is incitement and utterance of hatred.

He accused Widodo and his campaign team of being based on facts. Prabowo Subianto and the team, he added, have never used the services of foreign consultants in this election process.

“This process must be clarified quickly, we expect the Election Agency to be independent and not to see who we report,” he said.

In his report, he brought screenshots of online media news and video footage of Widodo’ statement as evidence.

The incumbent allegedly violated Article 280 letter c and d in conjunction with Article 521 of Law Number 7 Year 2017 concerning Elections. The threat of a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison and the threat of a fine of Rp 24 million.

In addition, a spokesman for Widodo – Amin’ National Campaign Team, Ace Hasan Syadzily, Deputy Chair of Team Arsul Sani, and Secretary Hasto Kristiyanto, were also reported.

Responding the case, the Widodo’ team said this report was baseless. Ade Pulungan, a member’ team, explained the term Russian propaganda is not a matter of the Russian State, but a matter of methods that are not appropriate when used in Indonesia.

Previously, Russia through its embassy in Indonesia, through its official twitter account, responded to the term “Russian Propaganda” which was widely discussed. Russia insists that the term Russian propaganda is engineering and is not based on reality.

Russia also mentions its principal position to never interfere in domestic affairs and electoral processes in foreign countries, including Indonesia.

Responding to this, Presidential candidate Subianto, confirmed the accusations of Russian propaganda aimed at him as a slander. The contender said, he was related to many figures from various countries in economic and business matters.

For political matters, especially using the services of political consultants in the 2019 Presidential Election, Subianto insists there is nothing at all.

Deputy Chairperson of the Indonesian House of Representatives Fadli Zon, on a different occasion also responded to Widodo’ and his team’ accusations as a lie. Zon also apologized to the Russian Embassy for an inaccurate and hasty statement from Widodo.

Written by Lexy Nantu, Email: theinsiderstories@gmail.com