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Indonesia to censor social media during emergency

Indonesia to censor social media during emergency A user views his Instagram account at an office in Malang, East Java, on May 23. (JP/Aman Rochman)
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Jakarta   ●   Tue, October 29, 2019 2019-10-29 16:06 556 43c48a2ddad3c738da9daa2a5146a915 1 National Internet,social-media,Communications-and-Information-Ministry,internet-blackout Free

The Communications and Information Ministry will restrict social media access during emergency situations, new minister Johnny G. Plate said on Monday.

The restriction of social media access during emergency situations was first imposed by former communications minister Rudiantara during post-election riots in May. It was imposed again during protests and unrest in Papua in August. 

Johnny said the ministry had no other option but to restrict access during similar situations. 

“Don’t start [with sensitive topics] if you don’t want restrictions. It’s also the only option during emergency situations that endanger the public,” Johnny said as quoted by 

Johnny conceded that the social media restriction indeed violated civil rights but said it would be done temporarily. 

“The Constitution respects freedom of speech. The restriction will be imposed when the situation demands it. Our purpose is to limit negativity,” Johnny said. (dpk)