Banned Magazine Goes Online

Sometimes, even governments can be cool, even if they don't really mean to be.

In March 1996, the government of Indonesia allowed the staff of Tempo magazine to publish an online version, even though the government banned the print version of the magazine in June 1994 on the grounds that it threatened national stability.

The Indonesian Information Minister told the parliament that there was no need to consider the subject, as Indonesia does not yet regulate the Internet. "They may enter the Internet, everyone may," he said.

[WWW]Tempo Interaktif began publishing online on March 6, 1996.

Source: March 12, 1996 Reuter Information Service article, "Indonesia allows banned magazine on the Internet."