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Censorship: Let my people think!

  • Michael H. Hadylaya

    Lecturer at the Institute of Litigation Studies, Central Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 20 2019   /  01:15 am

When I was a boy, Sunday morning was my favorite time of the week. Effortlessly, I would wake up earlier, not to eagerly go to church because a cartoon marathon was on. On weekdays, my siblings and I fought over which station to watch. Back then, TV was fun.Nowadays, everything seems to be too serious; you can even be given a penalty for being funny. Comedian Tukul, for instance, got a warning from Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) in July, because one scene in his show showed a man being possessed. And such a penalty was issued in the name of child protection.The problem with Netflix arose using the same pretext. It is silly that the KPI wants to supervise a streaming digital media provider. From a legal perspective, Netflix, the object itself, is not under Indonesian jurisdiction and nothing in Law No. 32/2002 can be matched with Netflix. Basically, Netflix is like an online ver...