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Religion, Politics and Law: Blasphemy in Indonesia

Indonesia’s blasphemy legislation gained global attention during the trial of former Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama in 2017. But apart from Ahok, many other Indonesians have also faced blasphemy charges in recent years, even though the constitutionality of the law has been challenged repeatedly.

Why is blasphemy such a serious offence in Indonesia? What do recent blasphemy cases have in common and where do they differ? And how do they fit into broader legal developments and political trends in Indonesia? In Talking Indonesia this week, Dr Dirk Tomsa discusses these issues with Dr Melissa Crouch, Kathleen Fitzpatrick Visiting Fellow at the Melbourne Law School, and a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty of the University of New South Wales in Sydney.

 

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