MUI May Issue Halal Certifications for Indonesian Television Shows
television shows will be stamped with the Indonesian Council of Ulema’s (MUI) Halal seal under a plan currently being discussed by the MUI and the West Java Broadcasting Commission.
The two organizations met to discuss the possibility of implementing a Halal seal for “decent” TV shows that do not feature themes or images that “violate norms.” The certification would ensure that television viewers are protected from programs that could degrade the nation’s morality, West Java Broadcasting Commission head Neneng Athiatul said.
“The Broadcasting Law has stipulated that the broadcasting content should respect religious values,” Neneng told the Antara news agency. “Therefore, we think that a halal certification is possible.”
It is the latest in an ongoing effort by Indonesian officials to regulate morality in mass media and daily life.