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Police has identified creator of fake news on marked ballots

Selasa 08 Jan 2019 16:11 WIB

Rep: Arif Satrio Nugroho, Idealisa Masyrafina/ Red: Reiny Dwinanda

Spokesperson of the National Police, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo

Spokesperson of the National Police, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo

Foto: Republika/Ijal Rosikhul Ilmi
Three buzzers have been named suspects in marked ballots hoax case.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, JAKARTA - The National police have identified the source that produce fake news on seven containers with 10 million marked ballots cast in Tanjung Priok, North Jakarta. However, the perpetrators has not been arrested as the police needed to seek more evidences.

"The National Police doesn't want to speculate, so we are reaffirming the evidences that are needed later in the investigation process until the delegation of files to the Public Prosecutor," said spokesperson of the National Police, Brigadier General Dedi Prasetyo at the National Police Headquarters, Jakarta, on Monday (Jan 7).

Earlier, the police have named three person known with initials HY, LS, and J as suspects in proliferation of fake news. They allegedly have received the contents and spread through Facebook without checking the truth first.

Hoax on seven containers of marked ballot papers cast in Tanjung Priok was spread through voicemail. Written texts and images also spreaded on various social media platforms.

The police together with General Election Commission (KPU) and Election Supervise Body (Bawaslu) confirmed the content as fake news. Before nailing the content creators, the police planned to examine the voice spread on social media in a forensic laboratory.

"We will identify the voice, when the evidence is strong, the investigators will not hesitate to enforce the law," Dedi explained.

According to Dedi, the police are targeting content creators and buzzers of the fake news. The creators are considered the most responsible party for producing hoax. Meanwhile, buzzer team are those who first spread the hoax in all social media platforms.

"The creators and buzzer teams will be subject to the Information and Electronic Transaction Act," Dedi said.

Police arrested the three suspect of buzzers in a number of areas, namely HY in Bogor (West Java), LS in Balikpapan (East Kalimantan) and J in Brebes (Central Java). They were not detentained as they are subjected to article 15 of Act Number 1 of 1946 with sanction under 5 years in prison.

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