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Chairman of the Press Council, Yosep Adi Prasetyo., Denpasar – Chairman of the Press Council Yosep Adi Prasetyo has reminded the mainstream media to not use social media as a reference because it might lead to the public believing in hoaxes and distrusting credible official institutions.

“Cases of (fake news) with regard to millions of workers from China and a (twisted) statement of Mr Wiranto on shutting down the media are proof that the media have used social media as a reference; in fact, the information is only based on talking news, and not precision,” he said here on Thursday (9/5/2019).

The public will believe incorrect information from social media if the media reports it, he said.

“In fact, the statement of President Jokowi was that ‘the Government will invite 10 million Chinese tourists’. But social media twisted it into ‘The Government will invite 10 million Chinese workers’, and unfortunately, this twisted news was quoted by the media without confirmation,” he said.

As a consequence, it took more than 2.5 months for the Government to clarify the news, he said.

A similar case occurred with regard to Wiranto’s statement on shutting down the media, he said. “The real information is ‘the Government will shut down fake accounts that insult officials’. But, it was twisted on social media into ‘the Government will shut down media that insult officials,’ so it turned into a controversy. In fact, the media is under the authority of the Press Council, while social media is under the Communication and Informatics Ministry,” he said.

In the post election period, the media must be careful and not refer to social media, because it could hurt the state order and put the nation and the country at a disadvantage, the Press Council chairman said.

He asked the media to be careful because, at present, the mainstream media is the only reference that can save the nation and the country.

“We can be optimistic because the media will side with the public,” Prasetyo, popularly known as Stanley, said. (edy)

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The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam., Bali – The Bali provincial police thwarted an attempt to smuggle some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters to Vietnam, and apprehended two suspects early Monday (9/9/2019).

The suspects nabbed by the police personnel at a motel in Sidakarya Village, Denpasar, were identified by their initials ERA, 26, and ATH, 35, Chief of the Bali Marine Police Force Sen. Coms. Hadi Purnomo said here Monday. ERA functioned as a courier while ATH was the financier who was involved in a transaction of Rp95 billion through a bank’s automated teller machine, Purnomo said.

The suspects procured the larvae of the pearl and sand lobsters from West Nusa Tenggara Province to be transported to Vietnam. However, the larvae package was not declared at the Customs in Ngurah Rai International Airport to Vietnam via Singapore.

The total financial losses that Indonesia could have suffered had the 36,000 larvae of sand lobsters been smuggled was estimated at Rp9 billion while the smuggling of 24,000 larvae of pearl lobsters could cause financial losses of up to Rp7.2 billion.

The police investigators also confiscated a vehicle, 150 plastic bags containing some 60,000 larvae of pearl and sand lobsters as evidence, he said.

Due to the huge profits from trading lobsters, irresponsible people have frequently attempted to smuggle the larvae of the sand and pearl lobsters.

In May, Indonesian police investigators grilled Kong Huping, a Chinese citizen after he was arrested for attempting to smuggle several hundred thousand baby lobsters from Jambi Province’s waters to Batam Island and Singapore.

National Police investigators questioned the suspect for two days, Director of Marine Police of the Jambi Provincial Police Senior Commissioner Fauzi Bakti said.

The smuggling attempt was thwarted by the Jambi marine police, he said, adding that police investigators also attempted to apprehend the suspect’s business partner, identified by his initials, LN.

Bakti said the baby lobsters were to be smuggled by Kong Huping through the Jambi-Batam waters on May 13 and 14 and were estimated to be worth Rp40 billion. (akp)

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The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action., Denpasar – Bali Police have arrested a Bulgarian man, Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov (43), for alleged skimming in an Automatic Teller Machine (ATM) in Ubud, Gianyar, on Saturday (Aug 31).

“Suspect Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov has illegally accessed the ATM located in a restaurant in Ubud. He was trying to install a hidden camera in the ATM machine,” Spokesman of the Bali Police Senior Commissioner Hengky Widjaja said here on Sunday.

The suspect was caught red-handed by a patrolling police officer who has suspicion on his action, he said.

Following the arrest, the police conducted a search in his house at Kresna Ulun Tanjung Street, Kuta, Badung, and seized a cellular phone, a passport, four cameras, and a router.

Stoyanov Georgi Ivanov is charged with articles on illegal access of the Criminal Code and Law No 19/2016 on Electronic Transaction and Information.

“The suspect is still under the Bali Police custody, and the police will conduct further investigation,” he said. (akp)

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Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir (center) spoke to the press after opening Research, Innovation and Technological Expo 2019., Jakarta – Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education Mohamad Nasir opened Research, Innovation and Technology (Ritech) Expo 2019 as part of the commemoration of the 24th National Technology Awakening Day in Puputan Renon Square in Denpasar, Bali, on Sunday (25/8/2019).

“Through this expo we hope more innovations in regions will emerge,” he said.

The expo has some 200 stands which display the results of research and innovation. Nearly 100 participants including the directorate general of research and innovation, and the directorate of science, technology and high learning institutions at the Research, Technology and Higher Education Ministry.

The other institutions taking part in the expo are the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT), the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI),, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), the Nuclear Control Agency, the National Standardization Agency, the Center for Scientific and Technological Research and state-owned companies PT Dahana and PT Industri Kereta Api (Inka).

Institutes of higher learning also took part in the expo, including Airlangga University,the Bogor Institute of Agriculture, Sepuluh November Institute of Technology in Surabaya., the Arts Institute of Denpasar and the state Electronic Polytechnic in Surabaya.

Ritech Expo is an annual expo held by the Ministry of Research., Technology and Higher Education.

The expo displays a variety of key innovation products from higher learning institutes , research institutions and industries. (mhs)

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