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Sometimes it’s difficult for any of us to be neutral over some issues around us. But does it mean that we have to pay the ultimate price in order to get our opinion out?
I hate the idea that I have to apply autocensorship each time I blog. I’m a part of a society that had enough from being silenced.
Indonesians used to live in silence under the oppresive New Order regime, and in the new democratic era we begin to learn not to keep ideas, thoughts, worries to ourselves. Because, seriously, we had enough being told to put our head down and move along. Why keep ideas and opinion to yourself? Channel it healthily and perhaps you can give a significant contribution to the society, for the country.
I’m aware that in many parts of the world there are still people who write down their concern on their personal blogs and ended up being harassed, prosecuted and even jailed. This is not right.
Netizens should not be victimized, the right to speak should be respected. No more censoring our blog posts and stop firewalling us from information that we required.
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