President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has revoked his grant of remission to convicted mastermind in the killing of Radar Bali journalist Anak Agung Bagus Narendra Prabangsa, Jakarta Post reported on 9 February 2019.
The president signed the decree (see copy below) reversing his earlier decision on 8 February 2019, a day before the commemoration of Indonesia’s Hari Pers National (HPN), or the National Press Day, in Surabaya. He confirmed the order during a media interview on the sidelines of the HPN commemorative event in the East Java capital.
The President’s decree, issued on 7 December 2018, reduced Susrama’s sentence from life imprisonment to “temporary” or maximum of 20 years. This prompted a massive condemnation from the media community in Indonesia.
The Aliansi Jurnalis Independen (AJI, Alliance of Independent Journalists) launched several campaigns including an online petition, which garnered 48,000 signatories, to protest and urge Jokowi to reconsider his decision.
Kepres Nomor 3 Tahun 2019 tentang Pembatalan Remisi (Presidential Decree Number 3 of 2019 concerning Cancellation of Remission)Kepres Nomor 3 Tahun 2019 tentang Pembatalan Remisi