Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama arrives for his trial hearing, accused of blasphemy due to comments he made in reference to a Koranic verse while campaigning in September 2016. Photo: EPA

Indonesia’s hard-won pluralism under threat

Blasphemy charges against the Christian and ethnic Chinese governor of Jakarta could ignite smouldering religious and ethnic tension unless firm action is taken by the government

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Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama arrives for his trial hearing, accused of blasphemy due to comments he made in reference to a Koranic verse while campaigning in September 2016. Photo: EPA
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