01 Aug '11, 12am

Indonesian minister blames new media for Arab 'turmoil'

Indonesian minister blames new media for Arab 'turmoil'

In a speech to school children, Tifatul Sembiring (above) said new media had caused turmoil in the Arab world, where popular uprisings ousted the autocratic leaders of Egypt and Tunisia and brought the Libyan regime to its knees. -- PHOTO: REUTERS JAKARTA - INDONESIA'S communications minister on Thursday lamented the role of social media in Arab democracy movements and warned the government to control websites like Facebook and Twitter. In a speech to school children, Tifatul Sembiring said new media had caused turmoil in the Arab world, where popular uprisings ousted the autocratic leaders of Egypt and Tunisia and brought the Libyan regime to its knees. 'The government has the authority to control the Internet,' he told elementary school students in central Jakarta at the launch of a 'Healthy Internet' campaign. 'Don't let things happen like in Tunisia and Libya, which fa...

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