JAKARTA, Indonesia—A month after hundreds of Indonesian Islamists rallied in the streets of central Jakarta demanding death to celebrities who allegedly appeared in homemade sex videos posted on the internet, a communications ministry spokesperson said Wednesday that a mandate to place a blanket ban on internet porn will be imposed on the country’s 180 internet service providers (ISPs).
An anti-porn law passed in 2008 will be the basis for the request that ISPs enforce the provision online.
“We will send a formal request to internet service providers to be more proactive to every complaint related to pornography because we don’t have the instruments to block it,” said spokesperson Gatot Dewa Broto.
According to Reuters, the government is still considering whether to impose sanctions on ISPs that do not comply with the ban, and is also planning on introducing “another controversial regulation controlling internet content by the end of this year, which critics see as an effort to clamp down on freedom of expression.”
The implementation of the plan is expected to take place in the next few months in the most world’s populous Muslim nation.