The Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) has prohibited radio stations from playing 42 songs before 10 p.m, claiming their lyrics were considered immoral.
"So, what is in those 42 songs? For example, they contain words of violence and obscenity or allude to sexuality. This is attributed to Law No. 32 of the Broadcasting Code of Conduct and Standards of Broadcast Programs [P3SPS], which states that radio broadcasting is in the interest of national integrity to build the character and identity of a nation that is faithful and pious," Adiyana Slamet, the head of the West Java KPI, told detiknews.
Radio stations are also asked to censor lyrics that are not in accordance with Indonesian norms before playing the 42 songs.
The songs include hits from world-famous artistes such as Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Suga of BTS.
The KPI has a history of censorship in the media. The popular comedian Tukul, for example, received a warning in July 2019 because a scene in his television program showed a man being allegedly possessed. The penalty was issued based on child protection.
In a separate occurrence, in August 2019, the KPI placed sanctions on Global TV for broadcasting The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie in which the main character, SpongeBob, is shown tossing a tart into another character’s face. They were also reprimanded for streaming Rabbids Invasion because it displayed cartoonish violence. Global TV was issued a written warning and was reminded to follow a censorship order.
Here is a list of the 42 songs and their artistes:
- Bruno Mars - 24K
- Ariana Grande - 34+35
- Masked Wolf - Astronaut in the Ocean
- M.I.A - Bucky Done Gun
- Maroon 5 - Beautiful Mistakes
- Max Ft Suga - Blueberry Eyes
- Lil Nas X - MONTERO (Call Me By Your Name)
- Pia Mia ft Chris Brown - Do It Again
- Snoop Dogg - Drop It Like It's Hot
- Jay Z - Empire State of Mind
- Maroon 5 ft Cardi B - Girls Like You
- Timbaland - Give It to Me
- 24kGoldn Ft Iaan Dior - Mood
- Chynna Phillips - Naked and Sacred
- Bruno Mars ft Cardi B - Please Me
- Ariana Grande - Positions
- Post Malone ft Ty Dolla Sign - Psycho
- Camilla Cabello ft Shawn Mendes - Senorita
- Nicky Minaj - Starships
- Doja Cat - Streets
- DJ Snake ft Selena - Taki Taki
- Jason Derulo ft 2 Chainz - Talk Dirty
- Bruno Mars - That's What I Like
- Cardi B - Up
- One Republic - Good Life
- Gym Class Heroes ft Estelle - Guilty As Charged
- Rita Ora - How We Do
- Busta Rhymes ft Maria - I Know What You Want
- Icona Pop - I Love It
- DJ Khaled - I'm the One
- Jay Z - Izzo
- Bruno Mars - Lazy Song
- Dua Lipa ft DaBaby - Levitating
- Justin Bieber ft benny blanco - Lonely
- Eminem - Lose Yourself
- Ariana Grande ft The Weeknd - Love Me Harder
- Bruno Mars - Versace on the Floor
- Avril Lavigne - Wish You Were Here
- Kid Laraoi - Without You
- Vedo - You Got It
- Dua Lipa ft Missy Elliot - Levitating
- Bruno Mars - Locked Out of Heaven – The Jakarta Post/Asia News Network