#Asia Indonesia’s film censorship agency has eyes on Netflix

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Not only does it want all Netflix content to pass through censors, the agency also demands that Netflix get an operating license

Netflix CEO and Co-Founder Reed Hastings at CES 2016

Netflix CEO and Co-Founder Reed Hastings at CES 2016

Indonesian movie fans may need some time until they can totally Netflix and chill as the Indonesian Film Censorship Agency (LSF) urged the American film streaming platform to file a censorship request with the agency.

They also stated that Netflix has not obtained operating licenses from the Ministry of Communication and Informatics.

“Last Saturday, we watched the movies [available on Netflix] … There are some movies that we have [banned] from being screened in the cinemas,” said Ahmad Yani Basuki, Chairman of LSF, on Monday in an interview with Tempo.

Although he did not mention a specific title, he stressed that some movies are not ‘suitable for Indonesian viewers’.

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According to Law No. 33/2009 on the Movie Industry, movies that are going to be screened in Indonesia must first obtain a censorship letter from LSF.

Scenes that exhibit violence, gambling, drug abuse, pornography and scenes that may lead to sectarian conflict, blasphemy, or encourage criminal acts and the degradation of human rights may lead to a movie being banned from the country.

Basuki also threatened to recommend that the Ministry of Communications and Informatics block the service if Netflix fails to submit the required documents, especially since Netflix is believed to not have obtained operating licenses from the Ministry.

“We reminded [Netflix] if they don’t want to apply for licenses, then don’t enter [Indonesia],” Basuki closed.

Netflix recently launched its service in 130 new countries, including almost all of Asia except North Korea and China.

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