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Jakarta Post

Indonesia faces real threats on free speech rights

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 17 2016   /  09:41 am

Indonesia is internationally recognized as the world’s third-largest democracy after India and the US. A regional NGO, however, has warned the nation of the return of restrictive practices massively implemented during Soeharto’s era.

According to data compiled from January 2015 to May 2016 by the Southeast Asia Freedom of Expression Network (SAFENET), there has been an increasing number of crackdowns on freedom of expression in both real life and on the internet.

Starting from 2016, there have been at least four violations of freedom of expression each month, the data showed.

Meanwhile, in 2015, there were usually less than four violations each month. In total, there were 50 violations from January 2015 to May 2016.

The highest increase occurred in May 2016, when as many as 14 violations were recorded.

“It was probably caused by lots of events hel...