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Thought Police are Moving in Again - Indonesia now

By Deadly Ernest ·
I participate in a few forums, a couple are to do with writing. Some of the authors there write erotica and other adult type stories (ie some is straight out porn). On one of the forums an author has sent out a request for help from another author who is very prolific. the situation is this:

1. Mid 2008 Indonesian government passes law to ban all adult theme web sites from display within the country. It matters not where it's hosted.

2. It's not immediately implemented due to a constitutional challenge and the need for ISPs to implement procedures etc.

3. Oct 2009 - full ban seems to be put in place and now affects all ISPs and they are all now compliant.

The result is anything that has even a hint of an adult theme or anything against their interpretation of the Quran is now banned and blocked. As near as I can find out from a few email exchanges, even some web sites where they sell bikinis and have pictures of models in bikinis are on the banned list - heaven help the Victoria's Secret web site; anyone know if VS have stores in Indonesia, if so they may soon have to close.

The help request was for technical advice on how to get around this, I'll pass along anything that's provided, but my main reason for posting this is a lot more personal.

Here, in Australia, the government is in the process of getting similar thought control laws passed, current proposals seem to include euthanasia and abortion sites on the banned list as well, this is being fought by various bodies. But, how does the TR community feel about such thought control laws, and the heavy handed behaviour of the governments concerned? Please add your thoughts on this.

To add to the discussion, I recently became aware of this news item:

(I hope the link works properly - it's the Anchorage Daily News from 11 Oct 2009)

And think on the following quote too, in one of the comments to the ADN article:


"The state must declare the child to be the most precious treasure of the people. As long as the government is perceived as working for the benefit of the children, the people will happily endure almost any curtailment of liberty and almost any deprivation."

-Mein Kampf, Adolf Hitler, Publ. Houghton Miflin, 1943, Page 403

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