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Monday, November 23, 2009
  Blogspot Banned ????

A few Indonesian ISPs - namely Fastnet, CBN and Smart - blocked Blogger yesterday, albeit temporarily. Why these three, and not the major ISPs such as Telkom and Indosat, interpreted a letter issued by the Ministry of Information and Communication (Menkominfo No 598/M.Kominfo/11/2009 tertanggal 19 November 2009) to mean a total ban on the world's largest blog host server, I cannot say, or even conjecture.

As far as I can make out - all my info comes from Indonesian language sites - one blogger, Nabi Muhammad SAW upset someone somewhere, possibly by expressing 'blasphemous' thoughts.

Read VivaNews for the thoughts of "blogger senior" Enda Nasution.

The new Minister of Information and Communication is Tifatul Sembiring who has his own blog, tweets on Twitter where he has 17,000 followers and has 15,000 “friends” on his Facebook site.

The worry for many of us is that his staunch Islamic faith - he founded and chaired PKS the major party in SBY's coalition - may lead him down the path of unctuous righteousness.

He was quoted in the Globe last month as saying he would make the idea of “a connected Indonesia” a reality, with hassle-free communications and correct information accessible to anyone, anywhere.

The notion of "correct information" should remind us all of Suharto's infamous Ministry of Information, his tool to silence dissent and shut down media that questioned his rule.

Sorry Pak Tifatul, but we will not be silenced so easily.
 

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