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August 23, 1996


By CBR Staff Writer

Indonesians are turning to the Internet as an alternative source of information as political unrest spreads and authorities tighten supervision of newspapers and television. Inside Indonesia magazine told Reuters the importance of the Internet is evident from the frequent references to it by senior military officers. Some dissidents regularly post to the on-line Indonesia list as their primary outlet due to the restrictions. The audience remains small since only about 20,000 Indonesians are hooked up to the Internet but they are mostly from the politically well-informed middle class, the magazine said. In March, Information Minister Harmoko said the government had no plans to regulate the Internet unlike neighboring Singapore (CI No 2,97 8), but activists said that did not mean the authorities were not monitoring all the electronic media..

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