Indonesia cops to sue magazine exposing top cop embezzlement


Says cover of police with pigs is offensive in Islam


Indonesian police will sue a news magazine over a story on corruption [purportedly] because the cover depicted an officer with piggy banks, and pigs are dirty in Islam. But the June 28 edition of Tempo explored evidence of embezzlement among senior officers, some of whom were allegedly found to have millions of dollars in bank accounts. Unidentified buyers bought hundreds of thousands of copies of this week’s edition directly from distributors before dawn on Monday. See below for full story on police corruption by Tempo Magazine that prompted seizure.


The threat of legal action against the publishers of Tempo magazine, a respected Indonesian and English-language weekly, came days after it ran an in-depth feature on alleged police graft and embezzlement.

National police chief Bambang Hendarso Danuri did not respond to the corruption allegations but said officers had been “hurt” and angered by the report, particularly the piggy banks on the cover.

He claimed that the magazine had depicted police as pigs, when in fact the cover shows a graphic of a uniformed officer with three piggy banks on leashes made of yellow crime-scene tape.

“The fact that we are illustrated as pigs hurts us a lot,” the chief said after attending a service to mark the 64th anniversary of the establishment of the mainly Muslim country’s police force.

One response to “Indonesia cops to sue magazine exposing top cop embezzlement

  1. You actually make it seem so easy with your presentation but I find this matter to be really something that I think I would never understand. It seems too complex and extremely broad for me. I’m looking forward for your next post, I will try to get the hang of it!

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