That is oversimplification of the matter.
FOR much of the past 20 years, Indonesia has been held up as a model of democratic transition for other countries, particularly those with significant Muslim populations. Their form of government, they say, is tolerant yet enshrines religious practice, offering a political alternative for Muslim communities that is more palatable to the West than the failed Arab Spring and the extremist catastrophes that have engulfed the Middle East since the US intervened in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Celebrating 20 years of Indonesian democracy This view of Indonesia now needs rethinking.
In Indonesia today, reform has stagnated. Although the democratic transition in was presented as a national consensus, this was never entirely true.
It always had opponents, some of whom felt politically constrained to accept democratisation as a necessary evil but never accepted it as a final settlement. Together they can sometimes intimidate or outflank progressive civil-society leaders.
Governments, local and national, seem uncertain about how to respond to these challenges, and vacillate between inaction, opaqueness or endorsement of reactionary policies.
This reflects an uncertainty among many Indonesians about where their country is heading. Many prominent critics of the government believe that while electoral democracy seems entrenched, liberal democracy is under threat from populism, Islamism and renewed conservatism.
Indonesian Muslims carry flags and banners march toward Parliament to mark the 52nd anniversary of the murder of six army generals and a young lieutenant by rebel armed forces personnel during an abortive coup against then president Sukarno in Jakarta on September 29, At leastpeople died in the killings across the archipelago that started after General Suharto put down a coup on October 1,that the authorities blamed on communists.
The courageous Corruption Eradication Commission is under continual attack from politicians and police. The human rights courts are virtually defunct and rarely hear cases. The National Commission on Human Rights is ineffective; the Constitutional Court has faced its own corruption scandals; the press is confronting increasingly prohibitive defamation laws that assist politicians and oligarchs; and civil society is under pressure from elite push-back and Islamist provocation.
However, the recent rise of conservative Islamist hardliners also resembles the rise of populism and conservative politics elsewhere in the world.
Research by State Islamic University Jakarta links the rise of religious intolerance among young Muslims to their increased access to the internet and social media. Indeed, Jakarta tweets more than any other city in the world, and Indonesians are very big users of Facebook, as well as WhatsApp, Instagram and Telegram, an encrypted-messaging service.
Women use their smart phones at a cafe in Jakarta on January 3, Active across all platforms popular in Indonesia, Muslim Cyber Army members enjoy building an atmosphere of mystery, threat and self-importance, sometimes using the Guy Fawkes mask, popularised by the graphic novel and film V for Vendetta, of the hacktivist group Anonymous in their postings.
An Indonesian researcher, Damar Juniarto, has shown that Muslim Cyber Army trolls are highly effective, working collectively and using tools such as Twitbots to flood Twitter with coordinated messages. This often triggers physical attacks from groups such as the notorious vigilante organisation Islamic Defenders Front, or Front Pembela Islam FPIwithin a few days and, in some cases, police attention on suspicion of blasphemy.
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