Indonesian Chat Show Under Fire Just For Mentioning Transgender People On Air

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An Indonesian chat show has received a written warning by the country’s broadcasting authority for simply talking about transgender people on air.

The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) said it would sanction Brownis Tonight for airing content that “addressed transgender issues.”


KPI central commissioner Hardly Stefano said they’d received complaints about two episodes of the program that aired at the end of March and warned broadcasters “not to give space to LGBT promotion in any broadcast program.”

“The rules are clear, both about respect for moral values, norms and decency and on the protection of children and adolescents, prohibiting the presence of content that encourages children and adolescents from learning inappropriate behavior and/or justifying such behavior,” he said in a statement, as translated by local media.

“Based on these violations, the Central KPI provides administrative sanctions in the form of a written warning.”

Homosexuality and being transgender is not illegal in most of Indonesia, but anti-LGBTIQ sentiment in the country has dramatically increased in recent years.

In late January, police in the Indonesian province of Aceh conducted raids on beauty salons and detained a number of transgender women, forcibly cutting their hair and making them wear male clothing.

Meanwhile, a draft bill currently before the Indonesian Parliament seeks to ban the representation of LGBTIQ “behaviour” on TV.

All shows and advertisements would need to be screened by a censorship body to ensure compliance with the new rules, and media would be forbidden from reporting on any LGBTIQ issues under the proposed law.

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