KPI Bans LGBT Promotion on TV, Radio

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    The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI). TEMPO/Dasril Roszandi

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) issued bans on campaigns related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) issues on television and radio. According to KPI, such campaigns violate the broadcasting code of conduct and program standards (P3SPS).

    “The rules set forth in the P3SPS are self-explanatory, particularly those related to morality and children protection,” KPI deputy chaiman Idy Muzayyad as quoted from KPI’s official website on Friday, February 12, 2016.

    The statement was made in a limited discussion on sexual orientation deviation topics at the Central KPI’s office. Other speakers at the discussion were Central KPI commissioner Agatha Lily and Indonesian Child Protection Commission (KPAI) commissioner Asrorun Ni’am.

    Idy explained that the bans were aimed at protecting children and teenagers, since they could imitate LGBT behaviors. Idy added that the regulation would ban programs that might encourage children and teenagers to adopt or justify inappropriate behaviors.

    The KPI asserted that neither televisions nor radio should provide a space for LGBT behaviors to be promoted as normal ones. Idy also pointed out the broadcasting law mandated broadcasting programs must be aimed at nurturing faithful and pious nation.

    Idy said that the P3SPS regulation was drafted in more details so that TV and radio stations would not mistakenly broadcast programs related to LGBT. Idy confirmed that the KPI agreed with the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) and Muhammadiyah who rejected LGBT legalization.