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Censorship: Let my people think!

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20, 2019   /  10:18 am
Censorship: Let my people think! Penalizing or warning shows, which leads to self-censorship, is not helping. The idea of protecting children by dictating values is not working. Unwittingly, this practice of supervision by the KPI has led to the monopoly of values and intellectual protectionism. (Shutterstock/AlexLMX)

When I was a boy, Sunday morning was my favorite time of the week. Effortlessly, I would wake up earlier, not to eagerly go to church because a cartoon marathon was on. On weekdays, my siblings and I fought over which station to watch. Back then, TV was fun. Nowadays, everything seems to be too serious; you can even be given a penalty for being funny. Comedian Tukul, for instance, got a warning from Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) in July, because one scene in his show showed a man being possessed. And such a penalty was issued in the name of child protection. The problem with Netflix arose using the same pretext. It is silly that the KPI wants to supervise a streaming digital media provider. From a legal perspective, Netflix, the object itself, is not under Indonesian jurisdiction and nothing in Law No. 32/2002 can be matched with Netflix. Basically, Netflix is like an on...

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