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Thomas Barker

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9789888528073

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888528073.001.0001

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Friction: Society, Censorship, and Government Policy

Friction: Society, Censorship, and Government Policy

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Indonesian Cinema after the New Order

Thomas Barker

Hong Kong University Press

Overcoming the regulatory and institutional legacy of the New Order regime has been one of the main ambitions of reformasi. In the film industry, such reform took a back seat to practical efforts film making, resulting in a protracted struggle by filmmakers against censorship and the state agencies responsible for overseeing the film industry. Efforts culminated in the Masyarakat Film Indonesia (MFI) movement which protested the lack of professionalism by returning their Citra Awards before launching a legal challenge to the constitutionality of the Censorship Board in the Constitutional Court. Failing in their bid to abolish censorship, the case precipitated the legislation of a new film law and with it a plethora of new regulations that are adding additional regulatory burdens to filmmakers. In particular, the formation of new representative film bodies complicates the film industry, raising spectres of a return to state over-regulation.

Keywords:   censorship, reform, activism, journalism, regulation, protest

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