The “excessive” censorship of TV programs in the past couple of years and disharmony between the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and the Film Censorship Board (LSF) is in the spotlight.

by Corry Elyda

The “excessive” censorship of TV programs in the past couple of years and disharmony between the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) and the Film Censorship Board (LSF) is in the spotlight. The Jakarta Post’s Corry Elyda examines how the discord continues at a time when the quality of TV programs remains at rock bottom. Ratih Kumala, a TV program scriptwriter, remembers how frustrated she was when the horror show her team had worked on received a warning letter from the KPI two years ago. This seemed unforgettably outrageous because the program had already passed LSF screening. Everything was fine with the show as far as she was concerned. It contained no profanity, no pornography and no violence and it was aired after 10 p.m. But for the vigorous KPI, it was a big no-no. It was compelled to admonish the TV station because the program smacked of mysticism.&nb...