Name: Indonesian government bans 13 books

Date:  1995 - 2005

Location:  Asia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


Artist: Thirteen Indonesian activist writers and authors

Confronting Bodies: Indonesian Attorney General's office

Date of Action: Throughout 1997

Specific Location: Indonesia

Description of Artwork: Work that criticizes the government of president Suharto.

Description of Incident: Thirteen books were banned in 1997 for criticizing the leadership of the Indonesian president Suharto.

Results of Incident: The persecution of Suharto's government is an ongoing phenomenon. The authors, Muchtar Pakpahan, and Wimandjaya are imprisoned for critical writings. A former Minister of Parliament, Sri-Bintang Pamungkas is charged under the anti-subversion law which could lead to his execution.

Source: Index on Censorship, 2/97

Submitted By: NCAC

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