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Jakarta Post

LGBT persecution continues with apps ban

  • Hans Nicholas Jong

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, September 17 2016   /  08:27 am

In what can be seen as another attack on the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Indonesia, the government has decided to ban apps designed for LGBT people due to allegations that they are being used to facilitate child prostitution rings.

The decision was made after a meeting between representatives from the Communications and Information Ministry, the National Police, the Religious Affairs Ministry, the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) and other related stakeholders on Wednesday.

The panel issued a recommendation to block three apps, namely Grindr, BoyAhoy and Blued.

“We have sent an email to Google to block Grindr, BoyAhoy and Blued because these applications promote the LGBT lifestyle and sexual deviance,” Noor Iza, a spokesman from the Communications and information Ministry, said on Friday.

He added that this was just the beginn...