Time to Challenge Indonesian Court Ruling
Time magazine plans to appeal an order by Indonesiaâ€™s Supreme Court to pay $106 million to the countryâ€™s controversial former dictator Suharto for a May 1999 cover story that alleges his family amassed billions of dollars during his rule.
â€śWe are extremely disappointed with the Indonesian Supreme Courtâ€™s decisionsâ€ť the magazine said in a statement. â€śTime will use every avenue available to fight for the defense of press freedoms. We will challenge this judgment by filing with the Court a petition for review.â€ť
Suharto filed a lawsuit against Time in the Central District Jakarta court, and later the Jakarta High Court. Both courts ruled in Timeâ€™s favor, but a panel of three Supreme Court judges overturned the decisions on Aug. 31. Time Inc. Asia and six employees were ordered also to issue an apology.
â€ťThe decision serves as a dire warning to the media, both foreign and domestic,â€ť the statement said. â€śDemocratic freedoms cannot exist without a free and robust press. We are confident that, in a democracy such as Indonesia, freedom of the press must ultimately prevail.â€ťÂ