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Playboy editor cleared of indecency in Indonesia JAKARTA - The court in South Jakarta cleared the editor of Playboy in Indonesia of distributing indecent pictures to the public and earning money from them after a high-profile trial that exposed deep differences in the nation. Chief editor Erwin Arnada argued tat the magazine was good for developing a pluralistic society, while the prosecution and Islamic hardliners who have regularly attended the trial said it 'harmed the nation's morals'.

Efran Basuna, the judge at the court, said the prosecutions arguments 'could not be accepted' and were 'not diligent' because they didn't take notice of media laws in the country created after the downfall of the regime of Suharto in 1998. These new laws ushered press freedom. More than 200 Islamic hardliners from FPI, guarded by police with water cannons standing by attended the trial today.


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Posted in General @ 05 April 2007 10:00 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





kiwimave
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Pfff luckily...there's still hope for Indonesia



chirpy
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The fundamentalists are a curse for all thinking people. The Islam always was a very tolerant religion, but because of the influence of the Saoudie Arabic interpretation of the Koran, everybody has to obey them. To hell with them.



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but of course the editor got cleared...there wasn't any nudity in his magazine! this 'case' should never even have gone to trial...it just shows the influence that a small group of moslim hard-liners have here in indonesia..I say, together with chirpy, to hell with them!



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I think it's because of the name "Playboy", most of the consevative moslem groups banned this magazine. They didn't even had read it, even the government, otherwise they didn't forbid it for the the time beeing and jailed the editor in chief.



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