Indonesia: From mainstream to alternative media

Andreas Harsono


Open and accessible to a global audience, the Internet represents a vehicle by which information can be disseminated quickly in comparison to newspapers and magazines. The open and democratic nature of the Internet can sometimes be at odds with policies and practices of certain governments and officials. In this article, the impact of the Internet in Indonesia is discussed, relative to a history of governmental control of the traditional media.


Indonesia; democracy and the Internet; media closure; communism and the Internet; Internet publishing; electronic journalism; censorship; Indonesia-L; apakabar; free speech; Indonet; Radnet; free flow of information

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