Tuesday, 18 February 2020 | 20:02 WIB

House Member Appreciates TNI Chief’s Reporting of tirto.id to Press Council

Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo (center) (paskhas)

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM - Member of the House of Representatives’ Commission III Ahmad Sahroni appreciates Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo who instructed his staff to resolve the allegation of treason allegedly reported by online news media tirto.id to the Press Council.

"The TNI Commander took a right step because I am sure that the TNI Commander does not want to be trapped in a destructive circle," said Sahroni in Jakarta on Monday (4/24).

This effort, according to him, is part of the wisdom of TNI to participate in maintaining public safety and security, as well as the unity of Indonesia.

Sahroni viewed that the Indonesia Police and TNI Police had performed a great and noble task in securing the Jakarta governor voting process on 19 April.

TNI Headquarters previously planned to report tirto.id to Indonesia Police for publishing the result of an investigation by foreign journalist Allan Nairn, about the alleged involvement of TNI Commander Gatot Nurmantyo in an treason attempt against the government of President Joko Widodo.

The online media publication on April 19 was a translation of an English version published earlier in The Intercept online media. The media was previously known as the publication of US government documents leaked Edward Snowden, former employee of the United States National Defense Agency (NSA).

Head of Public Relations Center at TNI, Maj. Gen. Wuryanto, said that TNI Headquarters withdrew the report to the police on the instruction of TNI Commander General Gatot Nurmantyo who did not want the case to become a polemic in the community.

He said the TNI would report tirto.id to the Press Council on Tuesday (4/25).