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Jakarta Post

Fear of PKI leads to banning books

  • Arghea Desafti Hapsari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 30 2010   /  09:35 am

Indonesia observes the anniversary of the death of seven generals in the 1965 abortive coup, that led to a pogrom against hundreds of thousands of alleged members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).

Forty-five years on, fears of communism linger on in the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), still unwilling to revoke laws allowing the government to ban books on Marxism.

The AGO in 2009 banned books, including John Roosa’s take on the coup, entitled Dalih Pembunuhan Massal Gerakan 30 September dan Kudeta Soeharto (Pretext for Mass Murder The September 30 Movement and Soehartos Coup d’ Etat).

The AGO claimed the book might “disrupt public order” allegedly containing “false information”. An AGO official was reported to have said the book was provocative against the Constitution and Pancasila, and communist propaganda.

The AGO also prohibited the di...