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Jakarta Post

Indonesia's internet freedom continues to fall: Report

  • Rizki Fachriansyah


Jakarta   /   Thu, October 22 2020   /  01:00 am
No wifi.(Shutterstock/TierneyMJ)

Crackdowns on government critics, as well as pro-government propaganda on the internet, have severely limited online freedom in Indonesia, turning the once-safe refuge for public discourse into a restricted zone for expressing opinions, according to Freedom House's recent study. The think tank’s Freedom on the Net 2020 report gives Indonesia an overall score of 49 on a scale of 0 to 100, classifying the country's internet freedom rank as “partly free” – a slight dip from last year’s overall rating of 51 and 54 in 2018. The study noted that the government had taken authoritarian measures to stifle dissent across online platforms during a number of critical events taking place between June 1, 2019 and May 31, 2020. Among the most drastic of such measures was the government-imposed internet restriction during a series of anti-racism protests in...