Ismail Hasani

Ismail Hasani is research director at the Setara Institute for Democracy and Peace. He is also a lecturer at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta.

Although freedom of religion and freedom of expression are guaranteed in the Indonesian Constitution, these guarantees have not been sufficient to protect non-religious expression in the public sphere. Ismail Hasani looks back at the case of Alexander An, jailed for writing “God does not exist” in a Facebook post.