TV Stations, News Radio Sanctioned Over False Jakarta Bomb Reports

The Australian government warned that terrorists may be planning attacks in and around the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur. Malaysia has been on high alert since a bomb and gun attack in Indonesia's capital in January, which was claimed by the Islamic State militant group. (Antara Photo/Wahyu Putro A)

By : Edo Karensa | on 2:15 PM January 15, 2016
Category : News, Featured, Terrorism

Jakarta. The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, or KPI, has imposed sanctions on three television stations and one news radio broadcaster for spreading false reports and broadcasting uncensored images of dead bodies while reporting on Thursday's terrorist attack in Central Jakarta's Thamrin area.

KPI has warned three TV stations — TVOne, Indosiar and iNews TV — and radio station Elshinta News Radio for violations.

The four stations have all been found to have violated the 2012 Code of Conduct for Broadcasters and Broadcast Program Standards while covering the events.

TVOne, owned by tycoon Aburizal Bakrie, violated standards after broadcasting video of dead bodies in close detail, without blurring. The station also falsely reported bomb attacks in Slipi, West Jakarta, Kuningan in South Jakarta and Cikini, Central Jakarta.

A KPI statement released Thursday acknowledged the incorrect reports were later revised, but slammed the station for creating further "restlessness."

Similarly, MNC Group's iNews TV falsely reported an attack in Palmerah, West Jakarta, and broadcast images of uncensored bodies at the Sarinah site.

Indosiar has also come under fire from KPI after airing uncensored bodies during its "Patroli" program at 11:05 a.m.

Elshinta News Radio was named by KPI after providing false reports about several bomb attacks across the capital, which were later confirmed to be hoaxes.

"Administrative sanctions in the form of a written warning letter has been sent by the KPI to the broadcasters," the statement said.

At least five explosions were heard coming from the Starbucks outlet at the Skyline building and the police post in front of the Sarinah mall around 10:50 a.m. on Thursday.

The blasts were quickly followed by an intense shootout between assailants and police which lasted around three hours.

Five suspected terrorists and two civilians were killed and five police officers were injured in the attack.

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