Internet Censorship Strikes South East Asia

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Internet censorship struck South East Asia on three different occasions last week. Indonesia blocked the video streaming platform Netflix just a few weeks after it launched in the country. The country’s strict censorship laws ban content that portrays nudity, gambling and scenes that could provoke violence. The Indonesian censorship board, the LSF, deemed that Netflix’s content broke these rules and banned the service outright in the country. A short while later in Malaysia, the blogging platform Medium was blocked after one of its users published a piece of investigative journalism on the platform, looking into corruption allegations involving the Malaysian Prime Minister. And last but not least, the Thai government has been putting pressure on big name internet giants including Google, Facebook and Line to censor their services. They are especially keen for the companies to take down content that is critical of the Thai government. 

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