TheJakartaPost

Please Update your browser

Your browser is out of date, and may not be compatible with our website. A list of the most popular web browsers can be found below.
Just click on the icons to get to the download page.

Jakarta Post

Book raid threat to freedom of speech

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, January 26 2019   /  12:41 am

Scholars and publishers have expressed concern over the government’s escalating campaign against left-leaning literature, deeming the policy misguided and a threat to freedom of expression in the country.

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) and the Indonesian Military (TNI) are reportedly planning to hold a “large-scale” raid on books tackling the subject of communism and anything related to the 1965 purge, a move which appears to be aimed at preventing any possible revival of the long-defunct Indonesian Communist Party (PKI), which is, nevertheless, perceived by the government as a “latent danger”.

The planned raid is a follow-up to previous raids in Padang, West Sumatra; Kediri, East Java; and Tarakan in North Kalimantan, which took place in December last year. Among the titles confiscated during the raids were Komunisme a la Aidit (Communism a la Aidit), The ...