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YouTuber Sues KompasTV over KCIC Rp. 8.5 Trillion Debt News, Rosianna Silalahi: There is a Threat to Press Freedom

Liputan6.com, Jakarta – KompasTV Editor-in-Chief, Rosianna Silalahi, revealed that KompasTV and Kompas.com editors were sued by a YouTuber for uploading on their respective YouTube accounts news about China’s Indonesia Fast Train (KCIC) debt which had ballooned to IDR 8.5 trillion.

Rosi explained that all the visual materials used to make the news were taken from PT KCIC’s official YouTube account.

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“It’s strange that we used the same visual to make news about the fast train trial during the G20 event around November 2022, it was not questioned,” said Rosianna Silalahi through her official statement, Thursday (11/5/2023).

He said, since mid-April 2023, all efforts to resolve this issue have been made, including opening communications with PT KCIC and Youtube.

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“The YouTuber, through his lawyer, asked us to pay Rp. 200 million per video, which totals around Rp. 1.3 billion, and this is known to PT KCIC. According to PT KCIC, the YouTuber who is suing us is one of the 25 content creators fostered by PT KCIC,” said Rosi.

Regarding this issue, KompasTV editorial staff held hearings with a number of press stakeholders in Indonesia.

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Starting with the Editorial Forum (Friday 5/5/2023) continuing with the Alliance of Independent Journalists (AJI) Indonesia (Wednesday 9/5/2023) and on Thursday (10/5/2023) meeting with the Chair of the Press Council at the Press Council Building, Jakarta.

Rosi explained that the initiative to meet and discuss what KompasTV had experienced in relation to the KCIC project coverage with the Editorial Forum, AJI and the Press Council was a form of the moral responsibility of the KompasTV editorial team.

“Actually, our business is done. KompasTV’s YouTube account is also no longer under threat of being burned. But we see that there is a potential threat to press freedom with a new style of using a global platform, in this case YouTube. In our opinion, this should be a common concern in order to maintain press freedom in the digital era. Today it happened to the Editors of KompasTV, it is not impossible that it could happen in another editorial room,” said Rosi.

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