ITE Law’s Malleable Terms : A Tale of Supressive Twins

Category: Best data-driven reporting (small and large newsrooms)

Country/area: Indonesia

Organisation: Tempo.Co

Organisation size: Big

Publication date: 29/11/2019

Credit: Syailendra Persada, Kris Pradipta, Ginanjar Pamungkas

Project description:

The project tells the story of individuals who are punished by a relatively new law introduced in the Indonesian criminal code called UU ITE. This law, with its lax definitions, have been weaponised by certain political groups to attack those who criticise their actions. The story visualises data taken from 400 recipients and divides them into their profession, and showcases each victim’s story.

Impact reached:

The project raised awareness of the effects of the law towards normal people, especially the way these political groups litigate relentlessly to tie up the matter in court. The story has currently amassed a combined 551 retweets from our main twitter profile @tempodotco and reignited debate on the matter for the Indonesian parliament to revise the law. 

Techniques/technologies used:

The article uses html and jquery in its construction. Data was collated and saved in a JSON file format to be taken using a javascript function. Animation effects are pure css. 

What was the hardest part of this project?

The hardest part of this project is the volume of it, and showcasing it effectively. We had to think outside of the box to show that many people are affected by this law, while also balancing the visualisation so it wouldn’t feel too crowded and losing the reader’s attention.  Eventually divvying it up by profession was an elegant solution to keep that balance. The Atari-like design was also used to allay this problem..

What can others learn from this project?

Others can learn how to effectively showcase huge amounts of csv data and how to showcase it in an interesting and non threatening way to readers. 

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