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#61426 - 18 Sep 07 09:20 telkom spying on journalists
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From today's Jakarta Post front page:

Text your say
State-owned telecommunications
company PT
Telkom admitted it has
leaked to law enforcers text
messages sent by a Tempo
magazine journalist. The
messages were sent to his
source when the journalist
was preparing an investigative
report on tax evasion.
Do you think Telkom’s
move is justifiable or an
abuse of power?
Text your say on the issue
via SMS to +628111872772.
We will prioritize comments
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name and city of the sender.
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#61429 - 18 Sep 07 09:39 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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#61436 - 18 Sep 07 10:53 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Dilli]
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how about this for a comment - happens all the bloody time in countries all over the world. It's just they have been caught and very surprisingly have decided to come clean and tell the truth!!

We are being watched people -- everything you do and say is being logged and reviewed. I bet if I wrote George bush is a cock smoking simpleton who shall be bombed in an attack on America on 9/11/2008 to destroy as many infidels as possible some little knob end in Washington will have to read this drivel.
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#61440 - 18 Sep 07 11:02 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: chewwyUK]
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rather disconcerting, I've sent some red hot SMSes in my time. Could prove embarrasing
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#61476 - 18 Sep 07 12:45 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Roy's Hair]
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"some little knob end in Washington will have to read this drivel"

For the record, I believe they already have!
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#61515 - 19 Sep 07 07:54 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Dilli]
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Police Chief Denies Ordering Tap on SMS of TEMPO Reporter
Tuesday, 18 September, 2007 | 14:57 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto denied that he ordered his officers to tap the cellular phone of a Tempo reporter, Metta Dharmasaputra.

“Honestly I just knew about the tapping this morning from the newspaper,” he said during a working meeting with the House Law Commission yesterday (17/9).

According to Sutanto, the police only may tap the communication of fugitives. Tapping perpetrators, he said, may be charged with 15 years imprisonment.

Sutanto refused to comment on PT Telkom, which said that the tapping on Metta’s cellphone—which used Telkom Flexi service—was done by the request of a legal officer.

Sutanto said that now there are many tapping devices in circulation. He suspected that another party did the tap. “Perhaps there are illegal tapping devices in circulation,” he said.

Sutanto’s statement is contradictory to the explanation of Monetary Fiscal and Foreign Reserves Unit Head, Special Criminal Research Directorate, Jakarta Regional Police, Adj. Chief Comm. Aris Munandar.

Aris told Tempo, at his office yesterday, he acknowledged asking for the copy of Metta’s short message (SMS) record to PT Telkom. “I just read the SMS today,” said Aris.

According to Aris, the SMS copy request was not a tap as he had asked PT Telkom for a conversation that had already taken place. “In line with the law, it can be done for investigative purposes,” he said.

The copy comprises the communication between Metta and Vincentius Amin Sutanto—the 11 year convict of the case of PT Asian Agri, Grup Raja Garuda Mas of an embezzling by Sukanto Tanoto who misappropriated US$3.1 million.

Vincentius is also an important witness in the case of alleged tax manipulation at the company where he worked, which is alleged to have caused the state to suffer Rp786 billion loss.

Yesterday, Metta fulfilled the Jakarta Police’s first summon for questioning. Metta said, “The police have acknowledged that they asked PT Telkom for my SMS transcript.”

DWI RIYANTO | ENI SAENI | KURNIASIH BUDI
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#61745 - 22 Sep 07 10:49 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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TEMPO’s SMS Tap: Telkom Writes to Minister
Friday, 21 September, 2007 | 14:25 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia stated the letter from law officers asking for the copy of a short message (SMS) of TEMPO reporter, Metta Dharmasaputra, with her source, was told to Information and Communication Minister Muhammad Nuh. “There’s a carbon copy for the Information and Communications Minister (Muhammad Nuh),” said Telkom’s spokesperson, Eddy Kurnia, when contacted by Tempo yesterday (20/9).

Eddy explained Telkom handed Metta’s SMS copy to law officers after the legal department analyzed the request. “Our efforts were in line with the law or provisions, and certainly are valid,” he said.

The law and provision he referred to were Decree No. 36/1999 on Telecommunication and the Government Regulation No. 52/2000

Eddy’s confirmation was conveyed in response to Nuh’s statement. Nuh acknowledged he had not received the copy of Metta’s SMS communication copy request (Koran Tempo, September 19).

However, Nuh stressed again yesterday that he has not officially received the copy of the request. According to him, if there is in fact an official request from the police to Telkom to submit the SMS transcript, he must have the copy of Telkom’s answering the police. “None that existed,” he told Tempo during the fasting break at the Information and Communications Department, yesterday.

A legal expert, Romli Asmasasmita, said Telkom can be the main suspect of tapping and/or spreading a customer’s SMS transcript for violating the Telecommunications Decree. The police, he said, can also become suspect as it tapped without a court warrant. “That’s also regulated in the Telecommunications Decree,” he said.

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#62072 - 25 Sep 07 16:13 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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TEMPO Reports the Tap
Tuesday, 25 September, 2007 | 12:58 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The editorial board of Tempo magazine reported the case of its reporter’s telephone tapping to the National Police (Polri) HQ Profession and Security Division (Propam), yesterday (24/9). In addition, Tempo reported the case which targeted Metta Dharmasaputra to the National Police Commission.

When Tempo was about to report to Polri HQ Propam, Propam Head Insp. Gen. Alexius Gordon Mogot was not there. The group then went to the National Police Commission building, next to Polri HQ. The Tempo editorial board was accepted by three representatives of the Police Commission, Ronny Lihawa, Laude Husein and Ilham Martadinata. “We are reporting the tap which must be alleged as violating the law,” said Tempo magazine editor in chief, Toriq Hadad, in front of the Police Commission.

Metta explained to the Police Commission about several oddities he found when investigating the tap, such as the statements of Adj. Chief Comm. Aris Munandar, Head of the Fiscal and Foreign Exchange Unit at the Jakarta Regional Police Criminal Research Directorate, which changed from time to time.

In the beginning, Aris denied he signed a letter and asked for the short message (SMS) copy to PT Telkom. However, Aris then acknowledged the police asked for the SMS copy.

Ronny Lihawa, Secretary of the National Police Commission, said he would convey Tempo’s complaint to Polri Chief Gen. Sutanto.

The tap was disclosed when several reporters received a copy of a summons for Metta. The party who signed the letter was Aris Munandar. Along with the distribution of the summons, the transcript copy of the SMS which was tapped from Metta’s phone was circulating. However, so far Metta has not yet received the summons dated on August 9. The police denied that it leaked the letter and SMS copy.

This tap caught the attention of the House of Representatives (DPR). During a meeting of Commission I Defense and Foreign Affairs yesterday with the Information and Communication Minister M. Nuh’s group, several House members condemned the tap. “It’s a threat against the freedom of press,” said Joko Susilo, Commision I member from the National Mandate Party.

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#62426 - 28 Sep 07 11:41 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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World Condemns Telephone Tap of Tempo Reporter
Friday, 28 September, 2007 | 11:38 WIB

Tempo Interactive, Jakarta: The criticism against the tap that descended upon Tempo reporter, Metta Dharmasaputra, did not only come from this country. It also came from international journalists and institutions.

The World Press Freedom Committee, for instance, stated the tap of a journalist’s telephone is against the principle of press freedom. “It violates the core of democratic society,” said the committee’s Executive Director, E. Markham Bench, in his press statement received by Tempo yesterday (27/9).

According to the Committee, the tap also is one of the violent forms against journalists. The leak of a journalist’s conversation with the source, said Bench, is categorized as an effort of defamation of the journalist’s reputation and name.

In Metta’s case, according to Bench, what is violated is not only the Tempo journalist’s individual right. The tap is also against freedom of expression. “It violates the Human Rights Universal Declaration,” said Bench.

Thus, the committee urged the National Police Chief Gen. Sutanto to investigate the case of tapping Metta’s conversation with his source soon.

In addition to the World Press Freedom Committee’s stance, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned the tap. “This is clearly a violation of journalist privacy and his professional right,” said IFJ Director of the Asia-Pacific, Jacqueline Park.

A senior writer for the American Journalism Review, Sherry Ricchiardi, also invited Indonesian journalists to report the tap case on a global scale. “The voice that is against the tap must be publicized continuously,” said Ricchiardi.

DIAN YULIASTUTI | ROFIUDDIN
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#62441 - 28 Sep 07 13:26 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: KuKuKaChu]
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"According to the Committee, the tap also is one of the violent forms against journalists."

So is bad writing.
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#62457 - 28 Sep 07 14:51 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Piss Salon]
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#62458 - 28 Sep 07 14:54 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Dilli]
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I have managed to get a hold off a brilliant new device.

Anyone want one?


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#62461 - 28 Sep 07 15:58 Re: telkom spying on journalists [Re: Dilli]
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even better:


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