Aceh students protest web blocking

Aceh students protest web blocking

Students grouped under the Aceh Muslim Student Alliance protested on Monday over the blocking of several Islamic websites considered to be spreading hatred and radical teachings.

"The websites are media sharing information among Muslims," said the alliance coordinator, Maulidan Ariandi.

But others students supported the blocking, saying the websites disrupted religious harmony and lacked verification of their contents.

"So far, issues that are discussed in those websites could damage religious harmony," said Desi Wardani, a student from southeast Aceh.

Pressured by many parties, the Communications and Information Ministry eventually unblocked 22 websites that were previously blocked based on the recommendation from the National Counterterrorism Agency.

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