Like news reporters in any liberal democratic countries, reporters in Indonesia are very ambitious in getting news to be published in the mass media.
Among their most favorite news sources are people who have been sentenced to Prisons by the Court of Law. But from now on, they cannot do that again, because according to The Jakarta Globe the Law and Human Rights Ministry has issued a decree that bans reporters from entering Prisons.
The Minister of Law and Human Rights Patrialis Akbar was quoted as saying that the reason was because constant presence of reporters in prisons could be "disturbing to the officials' activities within the prisons".
He added that news related to a case which involved an inmate had the potential to hamper investigation of the case.
I hope that the would be restricted to only visiting and interviewing inmates, but not prison wardens and officials who have often been reported of abusing the authorities such as allowing inmates to go outside the prisons like in the Gayus case, and illegal drugs trafficking inside the prisons.