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‘Smackdown’ loses grip in Indonesia

Wrestling show pulled after deaths of three children

JAKARTA, Indonesia — “WWE Smackdown” has been pulled here following the deaths of three children who had been “smackdowned” by other children.

The wrestling skein was aired by Lativi, one of 10 national free-to-air TV stations.

There had been several complaints from the parents of children injured by friends who copied some of their heroes’ moves.

The minister for communication and information technology, Sofyan Djalil, welcomed Lativi’s decision because neither his department or the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission have the authority to ban or censor TV programs.

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