Indonesian Muslim group wants halal television

Indonesian Muslim group wants halal television

Indonesian Muslim group wants halal television

Updated 3 August 2012, 7:46 AEST

An Islamic council in Indonesia wants the country's broadcasting commission to consider certifying TV programs as religiously acceptable.

But the country's broadcasting commissioner has ruled out certifying TV programs based on whether they're acceptable to Islam.

The term halal most commonly refers to foods that are permitted by Islam, but now the West Java branch of Indonesia's Islamic Council is suggesting halal television too.

Indonesia's Broadcast Law states that content should educate and entertain, but also implement religious values and the country's culture.

So the Islamic Council is suggesting TV should be subject to a certification system, like foods, to show whether they're religiously permitted, or halal.

The West Java Broadcast Commissioner, Nursyawal, says that's not going to happen.

He says it's up to Islamic Clerics to issue their own fatwa or religious law forbidding certain programs.