Indonesia blocks YouTube, calls for foreign country to change its laws
ISPs in Indonesia have acceded to government requests to block access to YouTube and other websites carrying Fitna. The minister had written to them, saying that the film could “disturb religious and civil harmony at a global level.”
Rather more disturbingly, Muslim leaders have held a meeting in Jakarta where they demanded that the Netherlands take legal action against Wilders. Apparently, the Dutch government’s statement condemning the film was not enough to assuage the anger of Muslim countries – the only thing good enough is a fundamental rewrite of the constitution.
People’s Consultative Assembly chairman Hidayat Nur Wahid:
The Dutch government must criminalize Wilders’ conduct. Freedom of expression has a limit
Indonesian Ulema Council deputy chairman Amidan:
We are still waiting to see what punishment the Dutch government will give Wilders, because the film has clearly insulted and disgraced Islam
Hamamah from Aisyiah, the women’s arm of Muhammadiyah:
This is not the first film (to hurt Muslims), so the Dutch government must have regulations to prevent similar movies from circulating
Muhammadiyah chairman Din Syamsuddin:
Such a film encourages the clash of civilizations between Islam and the West
Actually what “encourages the clash of civilisations” is the leaders of backward Islamic states thinking they have any right to dictate what goes on to the legislature of a liberal democracy. As long as they cling to this desperate delusion they will never be at peace with themselves.
UPDATE: (12 April) YouTube is back in Indonesia. Pressure from citizens and negative editorials from the press forced an apology from the Communications Minister Muhammed Nuh:
I openly ask the public’s forgiveness for the inconvenience caused over the past few days by the blocking of sites