Indonesian Govt to Crack Down on Free Speech Under Guise of ‘Fake News’


The Indonesian government will brief the public on fake news each week, it was reported Thursday.

Communications Minister Rudiantara said the government wants to promote digital literacy and help Indonesians identify fake stories, with a 70-strong team monitoring the news.

“Every week we will announce hoax news,” he told CNN Indonesia, according to The Guardian newspaper. “The ministry will not just stamp a story as hoax, but we will also provide facts.” Information will also be shown on a ministry website,


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