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Freedom of Expression: Sharia Police Arrest ‘Punks’ in Indonesia’s Aceh

Indonesian police in the Sharia-ruled province, Aceh, have detained 25 teenagers, but it is not clear why. The youths call themselves “punks” and human rights activists call their detention an attempt to curb freedom of expression in the traditionally conservative

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Posted in Free Speech, Freedom of Expression, Government Control

Indonesia: Minister Revives Plan to Control Social Media

Tifatul Sembiring, Indonesia‘s controversial IT and Communications Minister, said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook must be strictly controlled since they can be used to destabilize the government. He added that countries like Tunisia and Libya suffered from

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Posted in Human Rights

Blackberry Censorship? Where Will This All Stop?

Source: CNET Asia – By Vishnu Mahmud, Indonesia It’s been an interesting few weeks.  Indonesian Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring a few weeks ago demanded Research in Motion (RIM) to block pornography on its Blackberry smartphones. Or its web service will

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Posted in Human Rights

Sex Education Please, Not Censorship

Source: The Jakarta Post – By Rinaldi Ridwan Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring’s plan to ban BlackBerry service in Indonesia unless it filters pornographic content is a threat to our democratic way of life. We should be proud

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Dec 26, 2004: Tsunami Devastates Indian Ocean Coast

A powerful earthquake off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia, on this day in 2004 sets off a tsunami that wreaks death and devastation across the Indian Ocean coastline. The quake was the second strongest ever recorded and the estimated 230,000

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