Saturday, 16 October 2010

Banning Books in Indonesia

Govt resorts to last-gasp measures to censor books

"University of Indonesia philosophy expert Tommy F. Awuy said, however, that there was no need for the government “to try to look for problems in the books”.
“It is a characteristic of a totalitarian state to try to find out how books are going to cause problems in order to dispute them in courts,” he told the Post.
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday ruled to expunge a 1963 law on book banning. The ruling stripped the government of its authority to ban books deemed controversial, but judges said books could still be banned. They said the decision to remove books from circulation should rest with the courts."

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