A member of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s cabinet has kicked off a furor by attempting to censure media domestic organizations that print negative news about the president and the country. There is plenty of bad news to report. Over recent months, the country has been hit by stories over corruption and growing militancy on the part of firebrand Islamic fundamentalists, who stormed an Ahmadiyah sect compound recently and murdered three members of the sect. A growing segment of the Indonesian electorate sees Yudhoyono as indecisive and timid to take action against either the corruption or the growing religious violence.

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