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Jakarta Post

Govt to block more websites, raising censorship specter

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 5 2016   /  09:19 am

The government says it will intensify its crackdown on websites accused of spreading hatred based on issues of ethnicity, religion and race (SARA) after receiving more requests to do so, raising the specter of online censorship.

The move came as religious sentiments over the upcoming Jakarta gubernatorial election escalated and spread online, mainly after Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama was accused of disrespecting Al-Maidah 51, a verse in the Quran.

The Communications and Information Ministry claimed that since Oct. 31 it had received more requests to block websites allegedly spreading SARA-based hatred from several authorities, including the National Police, the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) and the State Intelligence Agency (BIN)

At least 38 websites accused of provoking SARA-based hatred alone were reported to the ministry and among ...