Commission chided over ‘feminine men’ prohibition

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  • Wednesday, 02 Mar 2016

Jakarta: Media Regulator and Regulation Observer (PR2Media) chairman Amir Effendi Siregar said a circular released by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) to prohibit the airing of programmes showing “feminine men” was not specific enough and over the top.

Amir said regulations on the content of programmes aired by electronic broadcasting media institutions had to be tighter, because they use public frequencies.

However, he added that the implementation of the regulations should not go too far and had to be in line with the 2002 Broadcasting Law’s framework, which aimed to guarantee the freedom of expression and the freedom of the press.

“The KPI must properly refer to the 2002 Broadcasting Law and the Broadcasting Behaviour Guideline (P3),” said Amir as quoted by on Sunday.

The researcher said regulations stipulated in the KPI circular were unclear and forced into the corner certain groups of people, who were accused for improper attitudes in society.

He referred to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community that has recently prompted heated public debates.

“The KPI has generalised the issue. The commission’s circular should be more specific (in defining so-called feminine men).

“What about art performers like Didik Nini Towok,” asked Amir, referring to a prominent dancer and choreographer, who dedicated himself to female dances.

He pointed out that there were several male art performers in Indonesia who dressed and acted like women. Such performances were deeply rooted in the country’s art and culture.

“Generalising the (LGBT) issue puts the commission at risk of lo­­sing the spirit of the 2002 Broad­casting Law, namely the freedom of expression,” he said.

Amir urged the KPI, together with related stakeholders, to revise broadcasting regulations.

As stipulated in the 2002 Broadcasting Law, media programmes must contain elements that are informative, educative and entertaining.

They should also provide material on intellectual development and uphold Indonesian culture. — The Jakarta Post / Asia News Network

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