Irfan Abubakar

Irfan Abubakar is the director of the Centre for the Study of Religion and Culture at Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) in Jakarta.

The release of a police circular on the management of hate speech has sparked fears in some quarters of a return to the restrictions on freedom of expression seen under the New Order. But as Irfan Abubakar writes, if implemented as intended, it could help to prevent religious conflict.