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Indonesia seeks to pull the plug on noisy mosque speakers

Mosque in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia.
Mosque in Mataram, Lombok, Indonesia. Image by Sarah Tzinieris / CC BY 2.0

Indonesia has reportedly set up a team to help reduce noise from the nation’s 800,000 mosques in light of complaints from residents that their speakers are too loud. Indonesia’s vice-president, Jusuf Kalla, has pledged to ensure that mosques emit a ‘more harmonious, melodious, sound’ at a reasonable volume, and not try to outdo each other via ‘loudspeaker wars’. Read more: theguardian.com