Tifatul to Clamp Down on Porn Sites During Ramadan

By webadmin on 05:29 pm Jul 18, 2012
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Jakarta Globe

Indonesia’s Communication and Information Ministry plans to up efforts to scrub pornographic websites from the nation’s Internet in time for Ramadan, Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring said on Wednesday.

“We’ll intensify [efforts to] block porn websites,” Tifatul said. “At least 1 million negative websites have been blocked [so far], most of them foreign.”

The ministry, under Tifatul’s watch, have focused their efforts on blocking access to pornographic websites in Indonesia. The minister said that the measures were being taken in accordance with Indonesia’s  Electronic Information and Transaction Law and Telecommunication Law — which aim to block “negative content” from local computers. Under the laws negative content includes pornography, defamatory speech and malicious viruses like malware and adware.

“We have to ensure people that porn content should be blocked,” Tifatul said.

In spite of the ministry’s efforts, pornography can still be accessed online from within the country. Tifatul said that there are currently 2 billion pornographic websites online, making the job far too big for the ministry’s Internet censors to handle alone, Tifatul said, adding that citizens should report any pornographic content they happen to stumble upon to the ministry.

“We can not check one by one,” he said. “So we hope people will actively report to the Communication and Information minister if they find a link to negative website.”

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