Indonesia threatens to shut down Bali writers festival

Indonesian officials have threatened to shut down Bali's international writers festival, compelling organisers to cancel sessions discussing the mass killings of alleged communists in 1965.

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, 2014

Ubud Writers & Readers Festival, Bali, 2014 Image by Ubud Writers & Readers Festival / CC BY 2.0

The political censorship of this year's Ubud Writers and Readers Festival is unprecedented in the 12-year history of the event, and has forced organisers to cancel panel sessions discussing the bloody massacre, art exhibit and book launch The Act of Living. In addition, a screening of award-winning director Joshua Oppenheimer's chilling film The Look of Silence, has also been cancelled. The government warned that the whole festival could be shut down if the planned sessions went ahead. The festival is due to run from 28 October until 1 November. Read more: smh.com.au

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