Indonesia: Prisoners of Conscience Action 2004 - Case Sheet: The Tempo trials - Update
This case update explains that Bambang Harymurti, chief editor of Tempo magazine, one of Indonesia's leading weekly news magazines, was sentenced to one year in prison for criminal defamation and for publishing false materials which could provoke public unrest, on 16 September 2004. The two other journalists tried alongside him, Iskander Ali and Ahmad Taufik, were acquitted. However, the court ruled that the article was defamatory and that Bambang Harymurti bore the responsibility for this. Amnesty International is concerned that the handing down of a jail sentence for defamation will have serious implications for press freedom in Indonesia.