Indonesia Airline Sues YouTuber For Criticising Their Hand-Written Menu

He meant it as an honest review and constructive criticism.

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Indonesia Airline Sues YouTuber For Criticising Their Hand-Written Menu
Instagram / Rius Vernandes

Be careful what you put up on the internet.

A popular Indonesian vlogger landed himself in hot soup recently after posting about a hand-written business-class menu of the country’s national airline, Garuda.

According to a report in Straits Times, Rius Vernandes posted an Instagram video showing the menu written on a piece of notebook paper with the caption, ‘The menu is still being printed, sir.’

The YouTuber was reportedly given the hand-written menu as there were no proper printed ones to be handed out.

The post went viral on social media and Indonesian social media users bashed the airline for such a conduct.

In retaliation, the airline filed a defamation case against Vernandes and said the handwritten menu was made by a cabin crew member for personal use and not intended to be handed out to passengers. 

Vernandes later confirmed that he received a summons from the police in connection with the post. 

Guys, gw sama elwi dapat panggilan dari polisi mengenai masalah ini. Kami di laporkan atas dugaan melakukan tindak pidana pencemaran nama baik. Gw yakin kalian tau kalau gw TIDAK ADA maksud sama sekali untuk mencemarkan nama baik siapapun. ⁣ ⁣ Gw sangat minta support kalian soal ini. Semua nya. Siapa pun. Kalian semua punya suara. Terutama teman2 influencer. Gw harap kalian bisa bantu share dan support gw dalam masalah ini karena gw gak mau di masa depan ketika kita review sesuatu dengan apa adanya, ketika kita memberikan kritisi yang membangun, kita bisa di pidana. ⁣ ⁣ Gw akan menghormati segala peraturan hukum yang ada dan akan menjalani semua ini. Gw sama sekali tidak merasa mencemarkan nama baik. Gw tidak takut. Tapi tidak ada kah cara yang lebih kekeluargaan dalam menyelesaikan masalah ini?

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“We’ve been reported for defamation. I’m sure you know I had no intention whatsoever to defame anyone. 

“I hope you can support me because I don’t want anyone to be prosecuted for an honest review and constructive criticism,” he said on Instagram.

Well, who do you support in this issue?

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