Indonesia's Internet Defamation Law Is Shockingly Broad and Draconian

April 8, 2015 7:31 AM

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Indonesia's Internet Defamation Law Is Shockingly Broad and Draconian

Last year, a 26-year-old Indonesian law student, angry with her experience at a petrol station in her university town, Yogyakarta (or Yogya), wrote this on the social-media site Path: “Yogya is poor, stupid and uncultured. Friends in Jakarta and Bandung, please don’t stay in Yogya.”

A few years before that, in the Indonesian city of Bandung, a 47-year-old mother of three had a private chat with a friend on Facebook, confiding about her then husband’s alleged domestic violence.

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