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Jakarta Post

RI needs law on hate speech: Activists

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, June 5 2012   /  09:00 am

Even though the Constitution guarantees freedom of expression, the nation needs tougher regulations to deal with religious hate speech that might lead to violence, rights activists say.

The executive director of the Indonesian Legal Resource Center, Uli Parulian Sihombing, said on Monday that hate speech was responsible for sparking religious conflict in the country.

“We need a regulation that can deter people from making hate speech without limiting the freedom of speech,” he said in a discussion with The Jakarta Post on Monday.

He said that the current regulation against hate speech, Article 156 of the Criminal Code on spreading hate, was not effective.

The article states “anyone who publicly expresses enmity, hatred or insults against one group or some groups of Indonesians” can be imprisoned for up to four years.

The article said that “gro...