The Indonesian swimmer ignites the debate on censorship

As a swimmer talked about competing in the country’s national games, her head floated atop the censorship squares.

Footage of a woman wearing a poolside swimsuit was clearly too much to bar.

CNN Indonesia’s censorship provoked a quick reaction on social media where people wondered if it was safe to even look at the water.

After the heat was directed at them, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) released a statement saying the “blur” was not the result of any orders issued by them.

KPI then proceeded to offer suggestions on ways in which such images could be filmed so that “one does not get the impression of exploiting the body, particularly (a) female”.

“The production process shouldn’t register someone wearing a bathing suit and then blur it. Could the registration process be conducted by asking the subject to put on the towel first?” asked the commission.

“The long shot technique of recording all competitors in the swim competition so that the focus is on the competition, not the physique / body of the competitors” could also be used, he suggested.

In principle, KPI stated that they have no intention of “holding back the production team’s spirit of novelty or creativity in the production of a show”.

But, he added, such images must avoid exploitation of the body.

“Thank you for the concern about healthy (TV) shows,” he added in the statement.

Twitter users were quick to react again.

“Poor KPI (Indonesian Broadcasting Commission), the blurring policy is not completely from this institution. But this institution’s explanation on the blurring of the National Games swimmer athlete, so absurd ..: |” one user, noted Wisnu Prasetya Utomo.

Meanwhile Omega Pripot joked: “It’s all complicated living in Indonesia. The image of swimming at the National Games is blurry, better change it to a camel race or a donkey race!”

Earlier this year, another Indosiar TV station responded to criticism when it tarnished the torso of contestants who wore the body-hugging Javanese kebaya dress.

The Remotivi TV watchdog told the Jakarta Post that stations continually erred on the side of caution for fear of being caught off guard and that such self-censorship could have been avoided if the KPI issued clearer guidelines.

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