INDONESIA CONSIDERS BAN ON LGBTQ+ CONTENT AND INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALISM

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05/26/2024

The Government of Indonesia is proposing a media bill that raises serious concerns about freedom of expression. The bill, if passed, would ban “LGBT content” and heavily restrict investigative journalism across all broadcast and streaming platforms. This move has sparked outrage from civil society organizations, journalists, and filmmakers who see it as a blatant attack on press freedom and artistic expression. While homosexuality isn’t illegal in most of Indonesia, the country remains deeply conservative, especially regarding LGBTQ+ issues. The proposed ban aligns with growing pressure from religious and political forces opposed to LGBTQ+ inclusion.

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