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Riau Islands commission wants to block foreign broadcasts

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 22 2012   /  12:33 pm

The head of the Riau Islands Broadcasting Commission (KPID) wants the central government to block local reception of foreign television and radio broadcasts.

Local KPID chief Jamhur Poti said on Friday that local residents had been able to receive transmissions from Malaysia and Singapore without government oversight, to the detriment of local culture.

Jamhur said that the government should give incentives to local investors to open television and radio stations so residents of provinces bordering Malaysia and Singapore could maintain their links to Indonesian culture. “Blocking foreign broadcasts, such as television or radio programs is a government-to-government affair,” Jamhur said.

“The Riau Islands KPID has asked the Communications and Information Ministry to develop regulations that would provide incentives to investors to develop stations in border reg...