Indonesian Police Monitor Communications

The Indonesian state-owned communications company, PT Teikom, admitted it revealed confidential text messages from a newspaper reporter to police officials. Police were provided text message records of journalist Metta Dhamasaquatra who was then summoned to police headquarters to discuss what he had written. The Indonesian Press Council is furious at this breach of Indonesian law. As Abduallah Alamudi, speaking for the Press Council put it: “We are afraid if it could happen to a journalist, it could happen to anyone.”

Ironically, the police violated Indonesian law in their efforts to obtain data dealing with a fraud case. Anyone communicating from or to Indonesia should be aware their communication could wind up in the hands of the police.