Indonesian Court Rules Internet Blocks Lawful

The Indonesian Constitutional Court ruled that the government’s decision to block Internet access during periods of social unrest was lawful.

The most recent incident was during the 2019 Papua unrest where internet services were cut off to allegedly combat disinformation that could start possible violence. 

Constitutional Court judge Enny Nurbaningsih defended that the blocks were reasonable and followed the constitution. 

Indonesian communications ministry spokesman Dedy Permadi added that the ruling would become a guide to “prevent the spread of Internet content that violates the law”.

“This could threaten our freedom of the press, and eventually our democracy could backslide,” said Sasmito Madrim, chairman of Indonesia’s Alliance of Independent Journalists

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