It was an image that had Indonesian viewers scratching their heads over the weekend.
As a female swimmer spoke about competing in the country’s national games, her head was floating atop of censorship squares.
Footage of a woman wearing a swimsuit at the side of a pool was clearly too much to bare.
The censorship by CNN Indonesia prompted a swift backlash on social media where people wondering whether it was safe to even watch water.
After heat was directed at them, the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI) issued a statement saying the “blurring” was not a result of any order released by them.
KPI then proceeded to offer suggestions on ways such images could be filmed so “there’s no impression of exploiting the body, especially (a) woman’s”.
“Production process should not be taping someone wearing swimming suit and then blurring it. Could taping process be conducted by asking the subject to wear the towel first?” the commission asked.
“Long shot technique by taping the whole competitors of swimming race so that the focus will be on the race, not the physique/body of race contestants” could also be utilised, it suggested.
In principle, KPI said it had not intention to “restrain the news or creativity spirit of the production team in producing a show”.
But, it added, such imagery must avoid the exploitation of the body.
“Thank you for concern over healthy (TV) shows,” it added in the statement.
Twitter users were quick to react again.
“Poor KPI (Indonesian Broadcasting Commission), the blurring policy is not fully from this institution. But the explanation from this institution about National Games swimmer athlete blurring, so absurd .. :|” one user, Wisnu Prasetya Utomo noted.
Meanwhile Omega Pripot quipped: “It’s all complicated living in Indonesia. Picture of swimming in National Games blurred, better change it to camel race or donkey race!”
Earlier this year another television station Indosiar copped criticism when it blurred the torsos of contestants who wore the body-hugging Javanese kebaya dress.
TV watchdog Remotivi told the Jakarta Post that stations were continually erring on the side of caution in fear of being caught out and that such self-censorship could be avoided if the KPI issued clearer guidelines.