According to the said Court, the Law No 4/PNPS/1963 regarding "Securing Printed Materials whose content might Disrupt Public Order" is contradictory to the Constitution of 1945.
It also ruled that the banning of printed materials should only be done through a Court's verdict.
Please find below a news article that I quoted from The Jakarta Globe.
This is really a Great News that provide great opportunity for Indonesian writers to make great writings.
Indonesian Attorney General Loses Power to Ban Books
Camelia Pasandaran, Heru Andriyanto & Ismira Lutfia | October 14, 2010
Jakarta. In a landmark verdict, the Constitutional Court on Wednesday struck out a law that gave the Attorney General’s Office the power to ban books, saying such power should rest with a judicial court.
“The 1963 Law on Securing Printed Materials whose content could disrupt public order is against the Constitution,” court chief Mahfud MD said. “The law is no longer legally binding.”
Justice Ahmad Fadlil Sumadi gave a dissenting opinion but his argument was not immediately clear.
Muhammad Alim, another justice, said that in a state governed by law, confiscating or banning publications and books should be done through the process of law.
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