Gay-friendly cartoons outrage homophobic Indonesians

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02/12/2019

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Ministry, also known as Kominfo, has demanded that the popular social network Instagram remove gay-friendly cartoons published by a user known only as @Alpantuni. The ministry even suggested that Instagram be blocked in Indonesia. The cartoons riled many Indonesia users of Instagram, who tagged Kominfo in comments about the cartoons to express their disgust. @Alpantuni’s posts are not the first cartoons have drawn the ire of religious extremists. Perhaps most infamously, a dozen people were murdered by Muslim extremists in Paris in 2015 after the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo” published cartoons depicting Mohammed, the founder of Islam, including cartoons in which the character criticized violent Islamic fundamentalists.

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