Indonesia steps up in combating children abuse by intending to block porn Internet websites

19:57, July 15, 2010      

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The Indonesian government finally made the relieving statement upon concerns on the rife of sexual abuse among children related to the widespread of porn content through Internet.

In a recent statement issued by the most competent minister in this issue, the Indonesian government promised to blockade porn Internet websites within no later than 2 months.

"The porn websites blockade mechanism would be conducted by ordering Internet providers serving in the country to do so, or else, they would face sanctions if they fail from doing so," earlier reports said.

Communication and Information minister (Kominfo) Minister Tifatul Sembiring said on Wednesday that his ministry already had the software, need more time to improve the system to blockade such websites.

Concerns upon increasing reports on sexual abuses against female school-age children following the revelation of illicit sexual scene allegedly conducted by Indonesian artists through the Internet in June had been submitted by the children protection agency of KPAI to the ministry.

The agency said that the scene downloaded freely from the Internet had aroused the emotionally-unstable children to follow the example scene of their idol artists demonstrated in the tape.

The KPAI recorded at least 30 abuse cases had occurred last month that related to the spread of those artists' video downloaded from the Internet.

Indonesian police have arrested those unruly artists, conducting investigations against them with all of them were already declared suspects of violating the country's anti-porn law issued in 2008 that carries 12 years maximum imprisonment sentence for those involving or demonstrating porns in public.

Similar concerns had also been submitted by several parties representing communities across the country, including the second largest Muslim organization, Muhammadiyah, about the porn Internet contents that can be freely accessed and downloaded by any person, including children, in the country.

Many school-aged children, still in their uniforms, often seen catering Internet cafes after school hours that available in every corner of large cities in the country, browsing friendship networking websites and porns.

Even though Indonesia has issued particular law aimed at controlling the spread of such a content through Internet with some people violated the law already undergone the proceeding trials, it turned to be ineffective to prevent from Internet porn- related abuses.

In line with the government's intention to block the porn Internet websites, the government also called on parents to tightly supervise their children, accompanying them to access the Internet, if necessary, to avoid from accessing websites they are not authorized to do so.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:王寒露)

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