Indonesia revokes book-ban law from Suharto days





— A landmark decision striking down an Indonesian book-banning law that has been used since the days of ex-dictator Suharto to clamp down on dissent was welcomed Thursday by historians, authors and rights activists.

For more than four decades, the attorney general's office could unilaterally prohibit publication or distribution of books deemed "offensive" or a "threat to public order."

A group of authors and publishers whose books were banned last year asked the Constitutional Court to review the 1963 regulation that allowed it....




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