YouTube has blocked a satirical video about West Papua from being viewed in Indonesia following a “prison grievance from the government.” The video, created via Australian movie and media organization The Juice Media, satirizes the Australian authorities’ rules on West Papua as a part of its Honest Government Ad series. Titled “Visit West Papua!” the video portrays the Indonesian authorities as colonizers and the Australian government as blithely status by using for its personal profit.
“Today, Australia is proud to maintain its excellent subculture of complicity in West Papua,” an actress inside the video says cheerfully. The video changed into first uploaded on Nov. 21, 2018, but became reshared on The Juice Media’s Twitter account final week following significant protests and rioting in Papua and West Papua.
On Wednesday, The Juice Media tweeted that it had obtained a message from YouTube notifying that the video has been blocked in Indonesia following a criminal complaint from the government. The Communications and Information Ministry has yet to verify whether or not it requested the block, with ministry spokesperson Ferdinandus Setu pronouncing that he was still verifying information in reaction to The Jakarta Post’s inquiry.
The video can nevertheless be watched using a digital non-public community, allowing users to access websites over every other at ease connection. The video’s blocking comes amid a central authority-imposed net blackout on Papua and West Papua that has been in place because last Wednesday. National Police spokesperson Brig. Gen. Dedi Prasetyo stated that joint police, National Cyber and Encryption Agency (BSSN), and Communications and Information Ministry group had taken down 32,000 pieces of “provocative content” about Papua Aug. 14 and 27. “Based on the 32,000 posts that have been mapped, over 1,750 accounts were diagnosed to be blocked and brought down by the ministry,” Dedi stated on Wednesday.