Indonesian Woman Jailed for Blasphemy Over TikTok Video

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    The Facts

    • A 33-year-old Indonesian woman has been sentenced to two years in prison for filming herself saying a Muslim prayer before eating pork.

    • Lina Lutfiawati, a lifestyle influencer with over 2M TikTok followers, was found guilty of "inciting hatred" against religious individuals and groups.

    The Spin

    Pro-establishment narrative

    Indonesia is using blasphemy laws to target minority groups and dissenters. This violates the country's international obligations to respect and protect the freedom of opinion, expression, conscience, and religion.

    Establishment-critical narrative

    As a Muslim, Lutfiawati knew that eating pork was against Islam. While uttering a significant religious phrase, she knowingly consumed a banned food on camera. She is rightly punished for her sinful actions.

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