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Indonesia 🇮🇩 is a Southeast Asian country whose majority practices Islam.

General censorship[]

  • Communist propaganda and symbols is strictly forbidden in Indonesia as back in 1965, the PKI (Communist Party of Indonesia) staged a bloody treason against the moderate arm of the military (which seeks to stop further conflict against neighboring countries after the Dutch departed fully from Indonesia) at the time, after sowing discord and witch-hunts against the more religious political parties (which follows the moderates) and aiming to support further military operation against Western-controlled neighboring powers (which was dropped following the transfer-of-power after the 1965 conflict). After 1998 it somewhat loosened, but from 2014 onwards the ban was back in full-force after an increase of underground movements and activists promoting socialism and communism in a positive light.
  • Ever since a law criminalizing pornography was passed in 2008, pornography in public, along with public indecency, has been banned under threat of imprisonment for offenders.
  • Mockery of religion, which constitutes as blasphemy, is also banned under threat of imprisonment as well. In 2017, a mayor running for his second term was jailed for a year following his failed reelection due to "blasphemous acts" supposedly for disparaging a religion in his political rally speech. Sharia law applies in Aceh.

Anything that is religiously prejudicial is also forbidden.

Book censorship[]

  • The Fugitive (Perburuan) (1950) - this novel by Pramoedya Ananta Toer was banned in Indonesia in 1950, for containing "subversive" material, including an attempt to promote Marxist–Leninist thought and other Communist theories. As of 2006, the ban is still in effect.
  • In 1967, all Chinese literature was banned under Presidential Instruction No. 14/1967 (Inpress No. 14/1967) on Chinese Religion, Beliefs, and Traditions effectively banned any Chinese literature in Indonesia, including the prohibition of Chinese characters.
  • The Satanic Verses - this novel by Salman Rushdie was banned for blasphemy against Islam.
  • Interest - this novel by Kevin Gaughen was banned by the government of Indonesia for subversive and/or anti-government themes.

Internet censorship[]

Due to the Indonesian government being conservative since the 2000s and 2010s, sites with potentially NSFW content (nudity and pornography) are banned.

  • Vimeo
  • Danbooru
  • Tumblr - banned in early 2018, but later unbanned after Tumblr bans NSFW content
  • FanFiction.Net - deemed to be "abusive".
  • Newgrounds - banned since 2010 due to the total freedom and lack of filtering of offensive and NSFW content
  • Netflix - was initially banned on Telkom for carrying alleged family-unfriendly shows, different censorship standards, shows that promote what the Indonesian government deems as "unhealthy lifestyle" (that is, LGBT or pedophilia). However, the ban on Netflix has been lifted since 7 July 2020, as confirmed by the Netflix CEO Ted Sarandos.
  • Reddit - banned since 2016 due to several NSFW, misinformation and malicious content.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - banned since at least 2016, for unknown reasons

Movie censorship[]

  • Max Havelaar - this 1976 Dutch drama film was banned in Indonesia in 1976 due to its parallels between the anti-colonial story on which the film was based and the then present-day regime.
  • Balibo - This war film about the Balibo Five (five journalists from Australia who were captured and killed wile reporting on activities before the Indonesian invasion of East Timon), is banned due to depicting Indonesian soldiers killing Australian journalists during the 1975 invasion of East Timor, which contradicts with the Indonesian government's version of the story, stating that the journalists died in a crossfire.
  • Fifty Shades of Grey- This film is banned due to its sexual content. However, Johan Tjasmadi, member of the Lembaga Sensor Film (Indonesia Film Censorship Board), said that the film was registered to the board.
  • Merdeka 17805 - This film is banned for depicting the Japanese as being superior and for apparently disrespectful usage of Indonesia Raya, the national anthem of Indonesia.
  • Schindler's List - This film was banned for being sympathetic to the Jewish cause
  • Long Road to Heaven - This film was banned on the island of Bali, as local politicians were worried that the film, which was about the 2002 Bali bombings, might promote hatred and intolerance
  • Noah - This film is banned for contradicting Islamic teachings, according to which, Noah is considered one of the important prophets of Allah.
  • The Year of Living Dangerously - This film was banned for dramatizing the fall of President Sukarno, the rise of President Suharto and the Communist coup which set it in motion in 1965. The ban was lifted after the resignation of Suharto.

Television censorship[]

Main article: Southeast Asia TV censorship
  • WWE - both Smackdown and RAW were banned from public access television in 2006, after numerous cases of injuries and a few deaths caused by children emulating the moves of the wrestlers, including any WWE licensed video game and merchandise. Circa 4 years later, it was informally unbanned, but then, no public access television was interested on it anymore.
  • Doraemon (2005 anime) - an episode had a scene where Gian and Suneo watch wrestling with 3D glasses cut by RCTI for the reasons stated above.
  • ALF - unknown, as of the way that the show has the opening intro way early in the episode “Try to Remember” where ALF getting electrocuted turned into an intro due to safety reasons instead of ALF slipped and hit his head on the wall or something.

Video game censorship[]

  • Far Cry 3 - This game was banned because it was deemed harmful to the country's public image as it portrays the inhabitants of the fictional island it is set in as insane. The ban has since been lifted for digital versions of the game.
  • Fight Of Gods - This game was banned for religious reasons. Steam made the game inaccessible and unsearcheable, complying with the local game ministry, before blocking the entire site.
  • Mortal Kombat 11 - This game was banned, although not publicly, for gory violent content and Communist references (referring to the Russian costume DLC). However, the previous Mortal Kombat games and the mobile game are not banned.

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