Activists hold up posters, which read “Reject the revised penal code” and “Revised criminal law shackles press freedom”, during a rally against Indonesia’s new criminal law in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Photo: AP
Activists hold up posters, which read “Reject the revised penal code” and “Revised criminal law shackles press freedom”, during a rally against Indonesia’s new criminal law in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Photo: AP
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Indonesian groups decry ‘destruction of democracy’ as new criminal code curbs sex, free speech

  • Activists say the new code is another tool Jakarta could use to suppress dissent and free speech, supervise citizens’ private lives
  • Controversial changes are seen as setback for world’s third-largest democracy, but government says new code is ‘reformative, progressive’

Activists hold up posters, which read “Reject the revised penal code” and “Revised criminal law shackles press freedom”, during a rally against Indonesia’s new criminal law in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Photo: AP
Activists hold up posters, which read “Reject the revised penal code” and “Revised criminal law shackles press freedom”, during a rally against Indonesia’s new criminal law in Yogyakarta on Tuesday. Photo: AP
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