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Court upholds censorship ban on `Balibo' film

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 6 2010   /  10:37 am

JAKARTA: Jakarta State Administrative Court upheld a censorship agency ban on the Australian feature film Balibo, labelling the film "sensitive". A panel of judges ruled that the Film Censorship Board (LSF) had fulfilled the required administrative procedures to ban the controversial film. The court agreed with the LSF's argument that the film could "reopen old wounds". Balibo recounts the story of five Australian-based journalists who were killed during the invasion of the town of Balibo in Timor Leste in 1975. The LSF banned the film on the grounds that it depicted violence and that the film had only used Australian and Timor Leste sources, a matter that concerned the Indonesian government. The military has been particularly sensitive on the topic. The Independent Journalists Association (AJI), which has contested the ban, said it planned to appeal the decision...