Unspun wonders how the Jakarta Globe, Investor Daily and Merdeka will cover this tomorrow? All of the publications and Billy have one common factor, they have James Riady as their boss. Will there be disclosure in these publications (Billy works for the Lippo Group, which also owns this publication)? Will there be fairness and balance in their coverage? Wednesday’s paper should give us an indication of how business ownership influences (or not) the media they own.
Court to hear indictments against businessman in bribery case
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Mon, 12/08/2008 2:50 PM | National
The Corruption Court is scheduled to hear indictments Tuesday against businessman Billy Sindoro for bribing an official at the Business Competition Supervisory Commission (KPPU).
Sarjono Turin, prosecutor in this case, told tempointeraktif.com Monday the court would charge Billy with article 5 of the 1999 corruption law on bribery.
“We will also charge him with a subsidiary indictment under article 13 of the law,” he said.
In September the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) arrested Billy, former director of PT First Media, and KPPU member Muhammad Iqbal after Billy had given Iqbal a bag containing Rp 500 million (US$41,600) in cash.
The money was an alleged payment to garner favor with the KPPU so that commission would rule against an accusation that First Media had illicitly secured monopoly broadcasting rights for English Premier League soccer matches. The KPPU did, in fact, rule in First Media’s favor. (ewd)