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Radio, Television and Cable Broadcasts to Bali to go Quiet for 24-hours During March 31, 2104 Nyepi Observances

(3/14/2014) Those planning to escape to one of Bali’s Luxury Hotels to watch movies and TV  over the Nyepi observance on March 31, 2014, when all guests and hotel staff are forcibly sequestered, might consider bringing a book.

In accordance with directives issued by the Bali branch of the Indonesia Broadcasting Commission (KPI), all radio and television stations will cease broadcasting for 24 hours from 6:00 am on March 31 until 6:00 am on April 1.

Cable providers will also shut off their signals during the same period.

Quoted by Bali Daily (The Jakarta Post), I Nengah Muliarta of KPI-Bali confirmed a letter had been sent demanding “broadcast silence” during the proscribed period, 

“Through this letter, we have informed the stations that they should stop broadcasting that day to help Hindu devotees carry out Catur Brata Penyepian.”

Catur Brata Penyepian demands that during the day of silence or “Nyepi” in Bali flames must not be lit (amati geni); activities must not be undertaken (amati karya); journeys must not be made (amati lelungan); and to refrain from indulging animal urges or undertake personal entertainments (amati lelanguan).

While the suspension of broadcasts on Nyepi is technically a “request” - the broadcasting commission warns that failure to comply with the recommendation could complicate offending stations efforts to renew their broadcast licenses in the future.

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