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Govt intensifies moves
to block porn sites

Tifatul Sembiring: JP/Wendra Ajistyatama
Tifatul Sembiring: JP/Wendra Ajistyatama

The Ministry of Communication and Information has given Internet café operators one month to install anti-pornography software as part of the government’s efforts to fight pornography in the Internet.

Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said Saturday the government had also asked Internet Service Providers to install an application which could block customers’ access to adult sites.

For schools that provide Internet access to students and staff, Tifatul said the anti-pornography software was mandatory.

“In accordance with the Law No. 44/2008 on Anti-pornography, the government has the right to block those who fail to follow this instruction,” Tifatul said.

He said the government was collecting keywords which might enable Internet users to access porn sites.

“There are many words which have various meanings, but there are also words that only appear in the country. We need to carefully select the words,” he said.

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