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USU students sue rector over censorship of lesbian story

  • Apriadi Gunawan

    The Jakarta Post

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Medan   /   Thu, August 8, 2019   /  09:11 am
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Students rally in protest at the shutting down of the 'Suara USU' student magazine in March this year in North Sumatra University (USU) in Medan, North Sumatra. (JP/Apriadi Gunawan)

A North Sumatra University (USU) student has filed a lawsuit against her rector after the state university shut down its student magazine for publishing a short story about a lesbian's unrequited love. The head of Suara USU, Yael Stefani Sinaga, filed the lawsuit, in conjunction with her student colleagues on Suara USU’s editorial board, with the Medan State Administrative Court (PTUN) on July 5, demanding the rector revoke the dismissal of all 18 students from the board in March. The first hearing is scheduled for Aug. 14. The rector, Runtung Sitepu, dismissed the students after the magazine’s website published a lesbian-themed short story titled “Ketika Semua Menolak Kehadiran Diriku di Dekatnya” (When Everyone Opposes Me Being Near Her). The story was promoted on March 18 through Suara USU’s social media account and went viral not long aft...