Facebook comment lands atheist in jail

Activists in Indonesia demand release of man who wrote on site that he did not believe in God.

    Human rights activists and religious scholars in Indonesia are demanding the release of a man who wrote on Facebook that he did not believe in God.

    Alexander An, a 31-year-old civil servant, is facing five years in prison after being charged with defamation of religion.

    He says he started to question the existence of God when he was a child.

    Although the country is officially secular, every Indonesian has to have a religion and register himself according to one of the official five religions.

    Step Vaessen reports from Dharmasraya in West Sumatra.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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