#WPFD2017 The hoax problem and other pressing issues

The surge in number of hoax cases has caused the government to create rules on blocking of websites that contain hoax, pornography, terrorism, religious tension, hate speech, and others that could potentially disturb the stability and peace of the country. The Communications and Information Ministry of Indonesia has blocked more than 800,000 websites.

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#WPFD2017 Free media, but still threatened

Prime Minister Rui Maria de Araujo’s decision to take Timor Post’s editor in chief Lourenco Martins and his journalist Raimundo Oki to court, claiming that they published fake news stories and that it publicly damaged his image and reputation. Though the right of reply was granted to the Prime Minister. Timor Post even publicly apologized at the Palace of the Government for the mistake. But unfortunately, the Prime Minister kept taking the case to the court because of the so-called truth.

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#WPFD2017 Critical cyberspace shrinks, mainstream press further muted

Discussions on highly sensitive issues and taboo subjects were limited or missing in the mainstream media. Lao netizens, helped by the country’s Internet boom, have managed to access taboo information banned in the state. But there were some incidents prompted the authorities to call some Facebookers who disseminated news, warning them to share only local official news, which is a big concern over the intrusive and expansive nature of the state internet surveillance network has so far covered.

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