Editor found guilty of insulting Megawati

JAKARTA: A court here found a newspaper editor guilty yesterday of publishing material insulting Indonesian President Megawati Sukarnoputri and sentenced him to a suspended six-month jail term and one-year probation. 

The case stemmed from stories in Rakyat Merdeka (Free People), a popular tabloid-style newspaper. Among other items at issue was a page-one article that carried a personal comment about Megawati after she raised fuel prices early this year. 

“We decide that Supratman, the executive editor of Rakyat Merdeka, is guilty of libel against the president in the form of news reports,” said presiding judge Zoeber Djajadi. The 34-year-old editor said he would appeal the conviction. 

Rakyat Merdeka has a reputation for using strong language and provocative caricatures when it reports on domestic and international politicians. Supratman's case is not its first brush with the law. – Reuters  

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