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Indonesian magazine editor jailed on libel charges

[JURIST] An Indonesia court Thursday sentenced Bambang Harimurti, the editor of leading news magazine Tempo, to one year in prison after finding him guilty on libel charges. Harimurti and two reporters were charged with libel and "inciting unrest" after Tempo published a report alleging that a millionaire businessman with ties to Indonesia's military was behind a fire that destroyed a textile market in Jakarta. The court acquitted the two reporters before finding Harimurti guilty.

Critics have called the case against three journalists an attack on Indonesia's free press and have said that criminal charges should not have been brought against the journalists. BBC provides a profile of the magazine and AP has more. The Jakarta Post has local coverage.

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