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Is film censorship necessary?

  • Indah Setiawati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sun, October 23 2011   /  05:00 am

A scene from the movie ?. Courtesy of Mahaka PicturesIndonesian filmmakers have always faced the threat of censorship, whether under the Old Order, the New Order or the Reform era.

All films, Indonesian or foreign, go to the Film Censorship Board (LSF) before they are screened in local cinemas. However, in addition to the LSF — the nation’s official film censor — there has been pressure from members of the public to ban particular movies.

During Ramadhan this year, local broadcaster SCTV was threatened by the hard-line Islam Defenders Front (FPI) when it planned to present a recent film on religious pluralism with the unique title ?.

Bowing to the pressure, the television station dropped the plan to screen the film, directed by Hanung Bramantyo.

In a discussion with journalists, Hanung said he was bewildered by his film’s rejection by Muslims, hard-li...