Trials of fiction: We lose the battle again

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Written by Okky Madasari, and was originally published in Jakarta Post. Dec 05, 2019


A half century after the first defeat of the imagination of a short story in court, leading to the imprisonment of leading literature critic HB Jassin, we have lost a second battle against irrationality, arrogance and backwardness.

Again we are witnessing the curbing of creativity that should otherwise flourish and bring this nation forward into the realm of reason and progress.

Back in 1968, Jassin, then-chief editor of Sastra (Literature) magazine, was jailed for blasphemy as he had published a story which had personalized God and Prophet Muhammad, a taboo in Islam. Titled Langit Makin Mendung (The Darkening Sky), it was written by Kipandjikusmin, a pen name whose real identity Jassin refused to disclose.

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