Website and blog owners scramble to delete offensive cartoons as the government, MUI and PKS bear down on them.
Faith Freedom Indonesia
The full bore anti-Islam forum site Faithfreedom, run by Ali Sina, has nine non English language versions, including an Indonesian one, or did until today.
The site has been shut down by its operators after it attracted the attention of various political and religious authorities in Indonesia, such as the Clerics' Council/Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) and the Justice Party/Partai Keadilan Sejahtera (PKS).
Ikhwan Syam of MUI asked the Department of Communications to take action against the site okezone, while President of PKS Tifatul Sembiring said the PKS may stage public demonstrations okezone [both speaking before the site shut down].
Currently the home page of this site contains a message explaining that in the interests of inter-religious harmony in Indonesia the forum has been closed:
Mulai hari ini tanggal 19 Nov 2008, admins/moderators menutup forum ini demi terciptanya keharmonisan beragama di Indonesia. Forum ini adalah milik dan dikelola oleh www.faithfreedom.org, Dr. Ali Sina. Dengan ini admins/moderators tidak lagi terlibat dalam bentuk apapun dalam forum ini, dan meminta maaf bila kehadiran forum ini telah meresahkan masyarakat Indonesia.
Specifically, the main complaint against indonesia.faithfreedom.org is that it hosted two comic strips, entitled "Muhammad and Zainab" and "Muhammad and Hafsa", in colloquial Indonesian language, which portray the prophet Muhammad in terms likely to be highly offensive to most Muslims, including in sexual poses.
An archived version of the FFI forum can be viewed here.
Blogs - Lapo Tuak
Later, the Minister of Communications Muhammad Nuh vowed to prosecute the owner of any blog, or presumably website in general, who displays insulting pictures and cartoons of the prophet Muhammad, according to the recently passed Electronic Information Act (see Internet Blocking & Regulation).
Another website which has recently come under public scutiny, Lapo Tuak Batak (means Warung Tuak), a hosted wordpress blog, had its contents removed by its operator, and now has been suspended by WordPress, see http://lapotuak.wordpress.com/. This blog also hosted the offending comic strips, and the blogger at the helm is believed have made the Indonesian translation.
Blurred version of cartoons (produced by Okezone).
Mutammimul Ula of the PKS complained that the contents of Lapo Tuak Batak were gross and pornographic and extremely upsetting for Muslims, but advised people not to take the law into their own hands and seek revenge. antara
November 22nd. The Department of Communications has sent a request to WordPress.com for the latter to reveal the identity of the blogger at lapotuak.wordpress.com. Whether WordPress acceded to the request or not police enquiries would continue and a spokesman for the Department claimed that the digital forensic laboratories of the police force would be put to work to find out the blogger's, (who may go by the name "Coppertone") identity. tempo