Muzzling criticism

Kompas – July 24, 2013
Muzzling criticism

Bhinneka Tunggal Ika – The national motto Unity in Diversity. Club reads Mass Organisation X.

Despite a series of fatal clashes involving the hard-line Islamic Defenders Front, the government has refused to act against the group, reinforcing the view that the real motivation behind the enactment of the draconian mass organisation law – which lawmakers argued was needed to shut down violent groups and gives the government the power to disband organisations deemed to threaten the state – was to muzzle public criticism of the government.