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Striking Balance: Freedom of Expression in Post-Soeharto Indonesia

Suryana, A'an

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Debates about freedom of expression raise questions about what constitutes its limits. At the level of practice, some individuals or groups of people may impose limits through violence, either direct violence or �proxy violence,� especially when it comes to matters regarding the exercise of faith, such as a blasphemy case, which is irrational in nature and not governed by secular laws. The case of Charlie Hebdo, and in the context of Indonesia, the case of Alexander Aan�a self-proclaimed...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorSuryana, A'an
dc.date.accessioned2020-12-20T20:51:01Z
dc.date.available2020-12-20T20:51:01Z
dc.identifier.issn1656-2534
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/217633
dc.description.abstractDebates about freedom of expression raise questions about what constitutes its limits. At the level of practice, some individuals or groups of people may impose limits through violence, either direct violence or �proxy violence,� especially when it comes to matters regarding the exercise of faith, such as a blasphemy case, which is irrational in nature and not governed by secular laws. The case of Charlie Hebdo, and in the context of Indonesia, the case of Alexander Aan�a self-proclaimed atheist who served a jail sentence after being charged with tarnishing the image of Prophet Muhammad�how how such limits were imposed. I argue that such acts are not acceptable, and are not legitimate. Freedom of expression may be in need of limits, but in order to be acceptable and legitimate, these limitations need to be obtained through public deliberation, wherein all parties concerned are free and equal in participation. This enhances the level of acceptance of public deliberation outcomes. The acceptance becomes the basis for the limits to be sanctioned and incorporated into law.
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.publisherUniversity of the Philippines
dc.sourcePlaridel
dc.titleStriking Balance: Freedom of Expression in Post-Soeharto Indonesia
dc.typeJournal article
local.description.notesImported from ARIES
local.identifier.citationvolume12
dc.date.issued2015
local.identifier.absfor160510 - Public Policy
local.identifier.absfor160606 - Government and Politics of Asia and the Pacific
local.identifier.absfor160609 - Political Theory and Political Philosophy
local.identifier.ariespublicationu5567033xPUB68
local.type.statusPublished Version
local.contributor.affiliationSuryana, A'an, College of Asia and the Pacific, ANU
local.bibliographicCitation.issue1
local.bibliographicCitation.startpage195
local.bibliographicCitation.lastpage214
local.identifier.absseo950404 - Religion and Society
local.identifier.absseo940203 - Political Systems
local.identifier.absseo940201 - Civics and Citizenship
dc.date.updated2020-11-15T07:27:34Z
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