Thursday, October 6, 2016

Memes in Indonesia

Today Slashdot had a post about restrictions to free speech in Indonesia. The source document appears to be the Jakarta Post, "While the government and the House of Representative have failed to comply with the public’s call to revoke the controversial defamation article from the 2008 Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, they have introduced further threats to freedom of expression by including a punishment for people posting texts, pictures, videos and memes deemed to incite fear or cause embarrassment in the law revision."

The Library of Congress reports, "It was reported on February 1, 2016, that the Indonesian House of Representatives (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat) will soon begin considering revisions to the 2008 Law on Electronic Information and Transactions. (Muhamad Al Azhari, Reduced Jail Time Sought in Revision of Controversial ITE Law, JAKARTA GLOBE (Feb. 1, 2016).) The Law has been controversial for its harsh punishments, which may now be revised. The current penalties for any acts covered in the Law are specified as up to 12 years of imprisonment, sometimes with large fines, and penalties in some cases can be increased by a third or by two-thirds."

Gbindonesia has everything you could ever want to know about Article 27 and related Indonesian law. ASEAN published an article on the top 10 Indonesian bloggers.

Here is a Google image snapshot of what Indonesian political cartoons looked like 10/6/16

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