From ABC

Films on E-Timor and Aceh banned in Jakarta

Indonesia's Government has banned Jakarta's International Film Festival from screening four films which explore the history of conflict in East Timor and Aceh.

Official censors declared that the films have the potential to "disturb security", as Indonesia Correspondent Geoff Thompson reports.

After 29 years of fighting there is now peace in Aceh and local elections will be held next month. It was seven years ago that East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia.

Indonesia still regards the history of those conflicts as sensitive enough to impose a ban on the screening of three films about East Timor and one about Aceh at the Jakarta International Film Festival in December.

A letter from the Indonesian Censorship Board to festival organisers said the documentaries could disturb security and order in the otherwise 'conducive' situation in the Aceh province and East Timor.

Organisers could be jailed for five years if the banned films are shown.
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