This is not a good time being Hary Tanoesoedibjo. In addition to facing a criminal investigation (for allegedly threatening a prosecutor), Hary Tanoe must now face the blowback for sacking journalists. There were reports that some bureaus of Koran Sindo, a newspaper controlled by Hary’s MNC Group, had to be closed down. The report is apparently true, with the number of employees fired numbering in the hundreds. On July 5, 2017, the Ministry of Manpower invited the Board of Directors of the Group and the representatives of the employees to a meeting. Representatives of the laid off worker attended the meeting, and they were accompanied by representatives of Federasi Serikat Pekerja Media Independen (FSPMI), Aliansi Jurnalis Independen, and Legal Aid Institution (LBH) Pers. The MNC Group’s representatives, however, did not attend the meeting.

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