TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) claimed it is ready to issue an edict or fatwa in which declaring Netflix as haram if it is proven to provide negative content.
The council’s fatwa board chairman Hasanuddin admitted that nowadays, social media and digital platforms are vulnerable to being infiltrated by indecent content that is not in line with the country’s religious and legal norms.
He then called on all related stakeholders to together filter content aired by the US-based media-services provider.
Hasanuddin also suggested the government protect the public from immoral shows by closing down the providers, “including Netflix [if it is proven so],” he remarked on Wednesday, January 22.
However, the council has not yet received public reports regarding inappropriate content on the internet entertainment service. In fact, he added, fatwa on deviant sexual behavior, pornography, terrorism, and violence have been issued so that the council was waiting for the public to file a report.
“If there are people objecting to Netflix’s services and demanding fatwa, MUI will immediately review and make a decision in the edict plenary meeting. That will not take a long time,” Hasanuddin said.
Hasanuddin further expressed his appreciation for Telkom Group’s move that blocked negative content on Netflix. "The blocking is their social responsibility to protect the public from bad shows as it loads with immoral elements," he concluded.