New Website Names and Shames Graft Convicts

By webadmin on 10:46 pm Jun 15, 2012
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Bayu Marhaenjati

“If you want to do a background check on your future father-in-law, go to korupedia.org,” wrote one Twitter user of a newly launched online encyclopedia dedicated to cataloguing corruption convicts and ex-cons.

To date, the site — a joint effort spearheaded by Transparency International Indonesia along with a number of news editors and social media activists — lists 101 people who have been convicted in a range of cases dating back to 2000.

“Through korupedia.org, we want to document all those who have been convicted in court for corruption,” said TII secretary general Teten Masduki at the website’s launch on Tuesday night.

Teten said the aim of the site was to give corruption convicts a “social sanction,” and end the culture of giving them a hero’s welcome once they finished serving their often short prison terms.

“Nowadays we easily forgive and forget those who corrupt. That is why we want to make a list of names of those convicted of corruption, so that their bad deeds will be remembered on korupedia.org,” he said.

“Besides building a list of corruption convicts, we also want to build a list of unresolved cases,” he added.

The site’s co-founder, Heru Hendratmoko, a news editor at KBR68H radio in Jakarta, said the site was also meant to be interactive. “We want users from all parts of society to be able to contribute to the portal,” he said.

The online encyclopedia provides viewers with a brief background on the individual as well as the graft case or cases in which the person was involved.

Viewers can also download copies of court verdicts as well as dossiers of the criminal investigations prepared by police and prosecutors.

“We have a corruption map, a list of corruption convicts and a list of unresolved cases, and we have columns,” said korupedia.org editor Ratna Dasahasta.

“Anyone interested in having their writing published can send it to us via e-mail. People can also report unresolved cases. We have a verification team to examine [reports from users].”

Another korupedia.org editor, Suwandi Ahmad, said the site had already been a victim of a cyberattack, highlighting the site’s effectiveness in putting to shame corruption convicts.

“We have had to change servers several times. We actually know who is behind this, but we haven’t filed any [police] complaints,” he said.

Busyro Muqoddas, deputy chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), praised the website and promised to keep it supplied with data.