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Police Looking at Websites that Attack Bali and its Tourism Industry

Speaking to Local Media Bosses, Police Chief Purwoko Questions Both the Motives and the Tactics of Those Seeking to Discredit Bali Via the Internet.

(3/25/2007) An article in the Indonesian-language NusaBali indicates that Bali's Police Chief, Inspector General Paulus Purwoko, is having a closer look at foreign Internet Operators working to discredit Bali's international reputation. In a meeting with local media leaders, Chief Purwoko said the presence of an international syndicate seeking to damage Bali's reputation was proven by the various Internet site's contents which unfairly portray and defame the social life of the Balinese people and the Government of the island.

In discussing the sites, whose contents are the part of an ongoing investigation and have been the focus of formal complaints by, among others, the Bali Tourism Board and the Bali Hotel Association, Chief Purwoko complained of the unbalanced slant of the information presented on the sites which endeavour to ridicule the police, immigration, customs, hotels and various local businesses.

The several sites which attempt to negatively impact on tourism to Bali by urging a boycott of the Island, are seen by Purwoko as having ulterior motives in trying to thwart Bali's recovery and divert business to competing destinations in the region.

Purwoko urged the Press local press to continue to act responsibly in reporting news affecting the Island's future welfare.