Indonesia’s online community are reacting strongly to imprisonment of Prita Mulyasari, the housewife who was jailed because she dared to complain about a hospital’s services.
The hospital’s authorities may think that they can use the law to clobber her into silence but in doing so they have made the classical mistake of becoming Goliath picking on a poor David. Nobody likes that and the onliners are reacting strongly in Twitter, Plurk, Facebook and glogs.
Unspun usually doesn’t pay much attention to Facebook cause invitations and almost never sends out any cause invitations but in this case I think we should all send a strong message to the courts, the hospital and the government that the law is an ass when it comes to the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction.
Enda and other onliners have started a Facebook cause page and so far they have managed to get over 20,000 supporters. Join the cause now, Help Free Prita and repeal the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction.
In the meantime a typical manifestation of the anger over this, and an example of how onliners are controlling the flow of the conversation over the Prita issue can be seen in the Notes page of Ryan Koesuma. Ryan also take the trouble to translate Prita’s original letter of complaint into English for those who do not understand Indonesian.
Indonesian housewife arrested over online consumer complaint
The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Sat, 05/30/2009 2:15 PM | National
An Indonesian woman was arrested on 13 May 2009 for allegedly circulating online defamatory statements against a hospital in Banten province, Indonesia.
According to the Southeast Asian Press Aliance, the prosecutor of Tangerang town in Banten said Prita Mulyasari was charged with violation of Article 27.3 of the Law on Electronic Information and Transaction. The charge carries a 6-year prison term.
It was learned that Prita ,who had been a patient of the Omni International Hospital, had asked her doctor for her medical record. When the doctor refused, Prita sent copies of her complaint via email.
As a result, the hospital filed a case against Prita. She is the second person to be charged under the Electronic Information and Transaction Law, after Iwan Piliang, an Indonesian blogger.