Falun Gong radio station to remain off air: Batam officials
By The Jakarta Post
1 September 2012
Officials in Batam, Riau Islands, say that Era Baru Radio will remain off the air, despite a court decision clearing the way for the station to resume broadcasting Falun Gong teachings.
Batam Radio Frequency Spectrum Monitoring Center (Balmon) chief Mohammad Sopingi told The Jakarta Post on Thursday that he was not aware of the Supreme Court decision on Aug. 29 that upheld Era Baru Radio’s right to broadcast on a frequency that was earlier reassigned to Sing FM Radio.
“The Supreme Court does not know that Era Baru Radio is illegal. How can a radio station illegally air programs and then file a lawsuit contesting the legitimate issue of a frequency by the government?” Sopingi said.
“Its capacity to file a suit is very much questionable. The management of the radio station has been found guilty [in court]. We will take action against Era Baru Radio if it dares to broadcast again without a permit.”
Era Baru Radio was previously denied a broadcast license by the Riau Islands branch of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPID) and the Communications and Information Ministry, which cited spectrum crowding.
Sopingi denied that the decision was motivated by intervention by China, which has lodged protests with the Foreign Ministry against Era Baru Radio since it started broadcasting in 2007, concerned about its support for Falun Gong, which is banned in China.
“We have proceeded with the criminal process because the radio station has used the frequency without a permit. This is purely based on the law and there has been no pressure from any party, including the Chinese government, for us to close the radio station,” Sopingi said.
Under the broadcasting law, the station’s managers could be sentenced to two years’ imprisonment if found guilty of broadcasting without a permit.
Era Baru Radio was closed by Balmon on March 24, 2010, which confiscated its broadcast equipment. The station resumed broadcasting with new equipment before Balmon again closed it in October 2011.
Era Baru Radio director Raymond Tan said on Wednesday that the Supreme Court’s ruling cleared the way for the station to resume broadcasting, claiming that the station has been independent.
“The radio station is purely financed by its owner and not by Falun Gong. Falun Gong is a non-profit organization and it never collects fees from its members. How could they finance the radio station?” Raymond, who is also a Falun Gong activist, said.
Separately, Riau Islands KPID head Jamhur Poti said the commission could not issue a recommendation for Era Baru Radio to be issued a permit because its broadcasts did not accord with previously specified plans.
“Ideally, a radio station should only air between 15 and 20 percent of its programs in a foreign language, but Era Baru Radio aired 30 percent of its content in a foreign language. We didn’t understand what was aired because the KPID is not equipped with experts to translate program contents,” Jamhur said.
Raymond, however, wanted to know why several other private radio stations were cleared to broadcast by the KPID and Balmon.
“We are not allowed to air, while a number of new radio stations have emerged and aired. This is very hurtful for us,” said Raymond.
L'Indonésie n'a pas l'intention d'expulser les diplomates syriens (ministres des AE)
Par Huang Wei
1 Juin 2012
L'Indonésie n'a pas l'intention d'expulser les diplomates syriens, mais souligne l'importance des négociations et du dialogue pour résoudre la crise, selon le ministre indonésien des Affaires étrangères Marty Natalegawa, cité vendredi par les médias locaux.
"Nous n'avons pas l'intention d'expulser qui que ce soit. Nous sommes convaincus que, dans cette situation difficile, nous devrions plutôt intensifier les discussions et le dialogue", a déclaré M. Marty, ajoutant que l'expulsion des diplomates n'était pas une bonne forme de protestation contre le régime syrien.
Selon M. Marty, son ministère a convoqué jeudi l'ambassadeur par intérim de Syrie en Indonésie pour expliquer la position de Jakarta sur la situation dans ce pays du Moyent-Orient.
"Notre position reste ferme depuis le début. Nous condamnons toute forme de violence contre des civils", a indiqué M. Marty, ajoutant qu'ils avaient également discuté l'avenir des relations entre les deux pays.
Plusieurs pays, dont les Etats-Unis, la Grande-Bretagne, la France et l'Allemagne, ont expulsé les ambassadeurs et les diplomates syriens, pour protester contre le massacre horrible perpétré il y a quelques jours dans le village de Houla en Syrie.
Au moins 108 civils, dont 49 enfants, auraient été tués dans le massacre de Houla, qui a été considéré comme l'un des incidents les plus meurtriers dans les agitations de 15 mois contre le régime du président Bachar al-Assad.
MAY was a cruel month for Indonesians trying to do nothing more than worship their god. During an Ascension Day service on May 17th (and again on May 20th), about 100 Protestants were attacked by a Muslim mob at their church in Bekasi on the outskirts of the capital, Jakarta. The mob hurled stones, bags of urine and death threats at the congregation. The church was still only half-built when it was attacked; the pastor has been waiting more than five years for permission from the local district administration to complete it. Since May 2nd local government officials in the ultra-conservative Muslim province of Aceh, in northern Sumatra, have closed at least 16 Christian churches, citing lack of permits.
Such intimidation, and the ongoing rows over permits, are now so commonplace that they are barely reported. On May 26th, however, the issue of religious intolerance in this Muslim-majority nation made international headlines when Islamic hardliners forced the cancellation of a sold-out concert by Lady Gaga, an American pop star. The Islamic Defenders Front (known by its initials in Indonesian, FPI) had threatened to provoke “chaos” if she entered the country. Her promoters said that they could not guarantee her, or her fans’, safety. They were probably right. (read more)
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