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Communication ministry still awaits Vimeo`s official response The Indonesian Communication and Informatics Ministry is still awaiting a response from the representative of video-sharing website Vimeo.com following the Indonesian governments request that the site disable pornographic content from being accessed by Indonesian users.

Posted in General @ 16 May 2014 15:28 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police uncover online sales of child porn videos The Jakarta Metropolitan police have uncovered online sales of child porn videos and arrested Mcay as a suspect. "Mcay has created an Internet site to market child porn videos," the Metropolitan Police spokesman, Senior Commissioner Rikwanto, said here on Tuesday.

Posted in Crime @ 11 March 2014 18:05 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Hary Tanoe to face legal action over Miss World contest National entrepreneur Hary Tanoesoedibyo said he is ready to face legal action if he had violated the law by organising the 2013 Miss World contest in the country.

Posted in Protests @ 16 September 2013 20:29 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 1 reaction


Lady Gaga concert in Jakarta canceled after Islamist threats Controversial US singer Lady Gaga is having a bad romance with her fans in Indonesia, dubbed as “Little Monsters”, with her scheduled concert in Jakarta officially cancelled by her management amid strong reactions from hard line Indonesian groups.

Posted in Religion @ 27 May 2012 11:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


BPK discovers state losses amounting to Rp13.25 trillion The State Audit Board (BPK) has discovered 4,941 cases of non-compliance that have caused losses, potential losses and income shortages worth Rp13.25 trillion based on the results of audit in the second semester 2011.

Posted in Corruption @ 03 April 2012 14:54 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Miniskirts = porn': Religious Affairs Minister Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working group’s definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 29 March 2012 02:38 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 7 reactions


Two striptease dancers sentenced to one year in jail The district court in Padang, West Sumatra, has sentenced two girls to a year in jail for performing striptease dances at a cafe here in September last year. Silfi and Nofera, caught by city administration police officers while performing the dances, cried upon hearing the verdict.

Posted in Culture @ 11 March 2012 10:49 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia threatens to cut BlackBerry data service The Indonesian government has threatened to shut down BlackBerry data services in the country because the smartphone's manufacturer "has not been cooperative," a local newspaper reported on Saturday.

Posted in General @ 11 December 2011 01:15 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police searching for sexy striptease dancer The Indonesian police is looking for a striptease dancer. They are not interested in the 18-year-old Lilis to have her performed for them though, but more because she is to appear in court in Bandar Lampung over what she did; doing a striptease act.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 30 May 2011 05:20 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


'Anti-porn' lawmaker quits after ... watching porn! Indonesian anti-porn lawmaker Arifinto on Monday announced his resignation after being caught viewing pornography last week during a House of Representatives plenary session. Arifinto is one of the founders of the Justice Party that later merged with the Prosperous Justice Party that has advocated for Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 12 April 2011 01:32 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex video involving Indonesian law maker leaked An Indonesian law maker appears in a leaked sex video, which is now circulating the internet after recently selling his laptop, local media reported Thursday. Irwan Fajarudin, a National Mandate Party lawmaker from East Java's Purwojero Legislative Council on Thursday met with the council chairman to discuss the sex video scandal in which he is featured with his wife.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 04 March 2011 03:23 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


'Only' 3,5 years jail for Ariel Peterpan Popular Indonesian singer Nazriel Ilham, better known as Ariel Peterpan has been sentenced to 3.5 years behind bars and Rp 250 million in fines for charges pressed against his pornographic video. The verdict is lighter than the demand of the prosecutors, which was at least 5 years.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 31 January 2011 08:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Blackberry agrees to filter porn in Indonesia With cell phone maker Blackberry agreeing to block pornography in its Indonesian phones, the country's communication ministry said the company has until Friday to finalize the mechanism, local media reported on Monday.

Posted in General @ 18 January 2011 04:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to block Blackberry browsing if provider fails to filter porn Indonesia's communication ministry is threatening to block Blackberry internet browsing capabilities if pornographic internet content is not filtered out by Canadian tech company Research in Motion (RIM) in the coming week, local media reported on Tuesday.

Posted in General @ 12 January 2011 05:31 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seize two million illegal porn videos in Jakarta More than two million illegal pornographic videos were recently seized by Indonesian authorities in Jakarta, officials said on Wednesday.

Posted in Crime @ 22 December 2010 09:43 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


Pop star faces 12 years in prison for sex tape scandal Indonesian pop star Nasriel Irham on Monday appeared in court after two homemade sex tapes released on various websites resulted in him being charged under Indonesia's 2008 Anti-Pornography Law.

Posted in General @ 22 November 2010 17:25 CET by Blog Bot · permalink · 0 reactions


CPJ: Playboy editor's case is a test for Indonesia Erwin Arnada, editor of the now-defunct Indonesian edition of Playboy, was released for several hours on Wednesday in order to stand trial at Indonesia's Supreme Court on charges of public indecency. The former chief editor was arrested earlier this month after an arrest warrant was issued for him, allegedly because he failed to show up in court.

Posted in General @ 28 October 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Telkomsel blocks 800,000 porn sites Telecommunication giant Telkomsel claims to have blocked 800,000 porn sites in response to the government’s drive against pornography during Ramadan fasting month. Telkomsel president director Sarwoto Atmosutarno said Thursday the company had filtered the adult sites through its proxy server or gateway, which automatically denies its customers access to the porn sites.

Posted in Ramadan @ 12 August 2010 15:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Porn broadcast inside Indonesian parliament An investigation is under way in Indonesia after pornographic images were broadcast on an internal TV channel in the country's parliament. The X-rated footage was visible to staff and journalists for 15 minutes before security staff were able to turn off the stream, local media report.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 03 August 2010 03:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister: 'All porn sites will be blocked before Ramadhan' Information and Communications Minister Tifatul Sembiring said in Jakarta on Thursday that his ministry would block all local and foreign porn sites and the target for the completion of the blockage will before Ramadhan fasting month next month.

Posted in Ramadan @ 22 July 2010 15:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Islamist creep in Indonesia When Indonesia passed a strict anti-pornography bill in 2008, many feared radical Islamic groups would use it to impose their values on the public at large. If the case currently hitting the headlines is any indication, they were right.

Posted in Politics @ 25 June 2010 05:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia pop star arrested in sex tape scandal Indonesian police have arrested pop star Nazril "Ariel" Ilham for his involvement in sex videos that allegedly feature himself and two other top Indonesian celebrities. The singer was named a suspect after the police questioned the three celebrities and expert witnesses over the last two weeks.

Posted in General @ 24 June 2010 05:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Idiot as minister: 'Internet a risk to nation' Indonesia's communications minister said a celebrity sex video scandal showed the internet was a threat to the nation and vowed to issue a decree to curb its use. "We want to minimize the negative impact from the internet as it will destroy this nation," Communication and Information Minister Tifatul Sembiring, from the hard line Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), told.

Posted in Politics @ 18 June 2010 02:27 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NU youths: 'Porn more dangerous than drugs' A youth department of Nahdlatul Ulama has said that the spread of porn videos is more dangerous for youths and especially children than drug use. Because of this, spreaders and makers of porn should be punished severely. These strong words were used to express the meaning of the youths after a porn tape with three famous Indonesian artists - Luna Maya, Cut Tari and Ariel - started spreading among Indonesians earlier this months.

Posted in Religion @ 13 June 2010 02:50 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Minister against sex education in schools Sex education has been in place in many schools across the country, but Education Minister Muhammad Nuh expressed on Thursday his objection to the extra curricular subject. Nuh said children did not need formal education about sex as they would learn it by nature.

Posted in Politics @ 12 June 2010 08:46 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police investigates 'porn with famous artists' The police in Jakarta has started an investigation about the spread of an amateur porn movie that has become very popular on the internet in recent days. The team that has been put together has the grueling task of investigating who is responsible for spreading the 'indecent' video in the first place, something that will not be easy at all.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 June 2010 11:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


NGOs push for stronger child protection laws Millions of Indonesian children remain vulnerable to abuse, exploitation and discrimination because the government has not prioritised children’s rights, says a coalition of NGOs. On 25 May, the National NGO Coalition for Child Rights Monitoring launched its review report on the implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) between 1997 and 2009, making a number of recommendations to better protect Indonesian children.

Posted in Human rights @ 01 June 2010 05:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Dangdut is no porn!? Traditional Indonesian dances and clothing like the koteka, which is used in eastern Indonesia, are not pornography. Because they are not, they also are not bothered by the anti-pornography law that was adopted by the Indonesian parliament in 2008. The constitutional court has decided this yesterday.

Posted in Culture @ 26 March 2010 02:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Six people jailed over 'erotic dance' Six people were sent to jail over doing an erotic dance and being related to doing that. A court says that six people are responsible for an erotic dance performed in a bar, something that seems to be not allowed in this country.

Posted in Crime @ 13 March 2010 02:53 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Exotic dancers to be prosecuted in Bandung Authorities in the city of Bandung will prosecute four exotic dancers arrested at clubs on New Year's Eve for allegedly violating a new anti-pornography law, a police spokesman said Wednesday. The female dancers and two male club managers were detained in Bandung, in West Java province, a few days ago.

Posted in Crime @ 07 January 2010 01:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


FPI member admits watching porn For days members of the well-known masked white-robed Islamists of Front Pembela Islam ('Islamic Defenders Front') held demonstrations against a comedy film which is currently being produced because one of it's actors - Japanese porn star Maria 'Miyabi' Ozawa - has a leading roll, allthough not naked at all.

Posted in Religion @ 11 October 2009 10:37 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Five-minute 'porn movie' spreads in Kediri A couple of schoolchildren of one Kediri high school have become actors in their own porn movie. In the last week, this movie has been spreading quickly under mostly minor students of the school and the city. The five-minute porn movie is a big hit in the city. The video is easily transferred from one mobile phone to another using Bluetooth connection.

Posted in General @ 05 October 2009 04:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


No porn for Makassar civil servants The regional government of Makassar in South Sulawesi has ordered it's civil servants not to download pornography at government offices. With increasing ease, porn is accessible via internet, something that Indonesians have found out as well. It is no secret that Indonesians do also use the internet to find what they are looking for.

Posted in General @ 29 September 2009 07:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Muslim clerics ban gossiping, flirting on Facebook Muslim clerics in Indonesia's East Java province Friday banned the faithful from gossiping and flirting on social networking websites such as Facebook and Friendster. The clerics also urged Facebook and Friendster to curb what they called "lewd and pornographic" content and warned that they would request the government to block the sites if their call went unheeded.

Posted in Religion @ 22 May 2009 14:14 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Thailand, Indonesia to launch bilateral trade agreement Commerce ministers of Thailand and Indonesia Saturday hold a meeting, agreeing to launch a bilateral trade agreement on economic cooperation, according to news release from the Thai Ministry of Commerce. Porntiva Nagasai, Thai Minister of Commerce, and Mari Elga Pangestu, Indonesian Minister of Commerce, met on the sideline of the 14th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit which opened here on Saturday.

Posted in Economy @ 28 February 2009 05:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Bali police chief 'needs to' enforce new anti-pornography law While Bali's Governor has condemned the recently passed anti-pornography law as opposed to Balinese culture and therefore unenforceable in his province, the Bali Chief of Police Inspector General Teuku Ashikin Husein told the press that he will be compelled to enforce the new law once the legislation is formally promulgated.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 16 November 2008 00:34 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Bali rejects new anti-pornography law The adoption of the unpopular anti-pornography law by the national House of Representatives in Jakarta on Thursday, October 31, 2008, prompted a walk-out by the representatives of two political parties and the threat of civil disobedience from the people of Bali.

Posted in Politics @ 02 November 2008 12:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia passes broad anti-pornography bill Shouts of "Thank you, God!" erupted inside the Indonesian Parliament building Thursday after lawmakers passed anti-pornography legislation, bringing to an end nearly 10 years of debate.

Posted in General @ 31 October 2008 03:48 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 30 reactions


Radical wind blows stronger than ever through Indonesia With the adoption of the 'anti-pornography' laws yesterday, Indonesia is approaching more and more the ideal image of a remote province of the Middle East. With adopting the law, which has been pushed forward by the radical-Islamic FPI (Islamic Defenders Front) and the MUI (Council of Islamic Scholars) for almost a decade now, it is now possible to act on your own when you see something that is not acceptable for you. In most countries that would be called 'taking matters into your own hands', but not anymore in Indonesia, where a young democracy is buried under a thick layer of radical-Islamic mud.

Posted in Religion @ 31 October 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protests against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators join forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of the pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill could be passed this week.

Posted in General @ 19 September 2008 07:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Balinese protest against porn bill in Indonesia Balinese legislators, artists and tourism operators joined forces on Friday opposing the endorsement of an anti-pornography bill by the Indonesian parliament. Bikini-clad tourist center of Bali island may have to cover up if the law is passed across the country. The bill was due to be passed this week if agreed upon but has been delayed again.

Posted in General @ 10 September 2008 06:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia; a country without Playboy and porn In between breakfast and lunch yesterday, Indonesian lawmakers gave their support for a law that is officially named 'Electronic Information and Transaction Law'. This indirect anti-porn legislation will be effective two days from now. Because of the quick pace this new monster against (press-)freedom was pushed ahead, there is little attention for it in mainstream Indonesian media. It almost looks like something that happens every day here, but it is completely absurd that a law that has been approved yesterday will become active in a matter of days, especially a law that has as many implications as this one. In theory that is.

Posted in General @ 28 March 2008 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Indonesia tries to ban web porn The Indonesian government has passed a law banning the viewing or production of "immoral content" on the internet. The new law is one of the most strict in the world and will come into force on 29 March. Anyone found guilty of breaking the law faces six years in prison and a fine equivalent to $109,000.

Posted in General @ 27 March 2008 02:17 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 6 reactions


Inul Daratista - not banned in Bali! The 28-year-old Indonesian singing star Inul Daratista has promised the organizers of the Fifth Kuta Karnival that she will take to the stage and contribute her talents to the event's closing ceremony scheduled to run from 3:00 p.m. until 7:00 pm. on the main stage of the festival on Kuta Beach on Sunday, September 9, 2007.

Posted in Tourism @ 05 September 2007 02:41 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy editor faces two years in prison Government prosecutors today demanded two years in jail for the editor of Playboy Indonesia for violating anti-indecency laws. They are supposed to have published 'porn' pictures in the magazine. Security was high when Chief Prosecutor Resni Muchtar told the court in South Jakarta that editor Erwin Arnanda 'damaged the nation's morality'. He has been given time until 22 March for their defense.

Posted in General @ 13 March 2007 11:30 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 9 reactions


Australian pedophile jailed for ten years Australian pedophile Peter William Smith is sentenced to ten years in prison for sexually abusing street children in Jakarta. Judges in the South Jakarta District Court found that Smith had used 'economic coercion' in paying the teenage male victims to perform sexually related acts on each other and on him. The judges took in account this coercion and fined the English teacher 75 million Rupiah (6,276 euro) on top of the jail term.

Posted in General @ 26 February 2007 16:31 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 3 reactions


Playboy trial closed to public The trial of Playboy Indonesia's editor-in-chief was closed to the public Thursday, angering dozens of Islamic hard-liners who threatened to break down the courtroom doors if they are not granted access to the proceedings. Erwin Arnada went on trial three weeks ago on indecency charges and could face 32 months in prison if convicted.

Posted in General @ 29 December 2006 10:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indecency, Indonesian-style I do not have any official role within the Indonesian judicial system. But I do feel like I can provide an important advisory service in the trial of Erwin Arnada, editor of the new Indonesian edition of Playboy, who faces up to 32 months in prison for putting out a magazine with indecent pictures. I may not know much about the law or Islam, but I do know an awful lot about indecency.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 11:07 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Australian jailed over child sex offences in Lombok A 48-year-old Australian man has been sentenced to four years' jail on the Indonesian island of Lombok after being found guilty of child sex offences. Four boys aged between 13 and 15 accused Don Storen of sexually molesting them in his room as he encouraged them to watch pornographic videos. The boys said Storen had promised gifts of shoes and other items.

Posted in General @ 19 December 2006 10:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia tightening grip of media reins American magazine Playboy, three films about East Timor's struggle for independence and a television wrestling show called Smackdown don't appear to have much in common. But in recent weeks, they've all come under fire in Indonesia for being too raunchy, too politically sensitive or too violent.

Posted in Media @ 16 December 2006 03:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 1 reaction


Speaking in Islamic tongues in Indonesia For those recently heaping praise on Indonesia for its moderate Muslim and emerging democratic credentials, consider the case of Islamic preacher Yusman Roy. Last year Roy was sentenced to two years in prison on blasphemy charges for leading Muslim prayers at an East Java Islamic school in his native Bahasa Indonesia rather than Arabic as conservative religious councils require. In Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country, the language issue pitches modern, liberal interpretations of Islam, known broadly here as abangan, against conservative orthodox views, represented broadly as santri.

Posted in Religion @ 16 December 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sex tape scandal shocks Indonesia Indonesia is grappling with its first real political sex scandal — a widely circulated video of one of its most powerful politicians in a hotel room with a popular singer. Politicians have taken care to keep their lives private in this predominantly Islamic country. Many have playboy reputations but none has been caught on tape.

Posted in General @ 06 December 2006 04:23 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Orangutans smuggled into Thailand to be repatriated next week Forty-eight orangutans smuggled into Thailand and which have been stranded in the country following a military coup will be repatriated to Indonesia this week, an official said Sunday. Pornchai Pratumratanatan, chief of a wildlife research center that has been sheltering the animals for several months, said the Indonesian government will send a C-130 military transport plane to pick up the apes on Tuesday.

Posted in Environment @ 20 November 2006 02:40 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Playboy tests tolerance in Indonesia When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at the police headquarters in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. The parrying, he recalled, went something like this:

Posted in Culture @ 26 July 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates the difference between porn and pawn Kartika Gunawan is not a typical men's magazine playmate. But even though not a nipple was visible in her starring role in the first issue of Indonesian Playboy — in a concession to hardline Islamists calling for the publication to be banned — she faces more than two years in jail for indecency.

Posted in General @ 09 July 2006 13:36 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Muslim hardliners vow to protest Playboy's second edition Hardline Muslim groups in Indonesia vowed to take to the streets to protest the second edition of the Indonesian Playboy magazine, local media reports said Friday. The June edition hit news stands this week after protests over the premier edition two months ago led editors of the Indonesian version of the US magazine to postpone publication of the second edition.

Posted in Protests @ 10 June 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Rising radicalism, intolerance threaten Indonesia's diversity Fifty years ago, Clifford Geertz wrote: " ... archipelagic in geography, eclectic in civilization, and heterogeneous in culture, Indonesia flourishes when it accepts and capitalizes on its diversity and disintegrates when it denies and suppresses it". The comment, part of Geertz's assessment of the political situation in Indonesia in the late fifties, also anticipates the future of Indonesia.

Posted in PT Freeport @ 08 June 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Thousands back anti-porn bill in Indonesia Tens of thousands of conservative Muslims rallied in the Indonesian capital Sunday in support of a proposed anti-pornography bill that critics say would chip away at the country's secular traditions. The protesters, who arrived in buses organized by mosques and conservative Islamic groups, urged parliament to immediately pass the bill, which in its current form would ban kissing in public - as well as erotic poetry, dancing, drawing, writing, photos and film.

Posted in Protests @ 21 May 2006 10:42 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Press Council: Playboy broke 'Code of ethics' Indonesia's Press Council has ruled that the publishers of Playboy Indonesia broke the organization's "journalistic code of ethics" through the distribution of its first issue earlier this month. That violation hinged on Playboy Indonesia's failure to ensure the men's lifestyle magazine wouldn't be sold to children and adolescents, a statement posted on the Press Council's Web site late Friday said.

Posted in Media @ 24 April 2006 17:29 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 20 reactions


Police to question FPI over attack on 'Playboy' office Police plan to question Monday a member of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) over Wednesday's attack on the building housing the editorial office of Playboy Indonesia in South Jakarta. A spokesman for the South Jakarta Police, Comr. Suyudi Arioseto, said the police would summon the rally coordinator to begin their investigation underway. He refused to name the coordinator.

Posted in General @ 15 April 2006 14:16 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Police asks Playboy to stop publishing Indonesian police asked Playboy magazine on Thursday to stop publishing its local edition in the capital out of fears it could inflame Muslim anger, police and the magazine said. Ponti Carolus, the director of Playboy's publishing company, said the magazine would think about the request. "Give us 24 hours and we will let you know our decision," he told reporters at city police headquarters after meeting the police chief. "We are very glad to have input from the Jakarta police. It was quite wise."

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 14 April 2006 07:13 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 5 reactions


Playboy's offices in attacked by FPI-members Hundreds of Muslim protesters have attacked the offices of the newly-published Indonesian edition of Playboy magazine. On Wednesday, about 300 activists from the Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI) rallied outside the building to demand that the local version of the magazine, which carries no nude photos, cease publication. They tore up copies of the magazine and threw stones at the building, shattering windows.

Posted in Violence @ 12 April 2006 13:09 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


M'sian model proud to be featured in Indonesia’s Playboy Malaysian model Amber Chia said she is proud to appear in the inaugural edition of Playboy in Indonesia, even though her mother thinks she looked sexier in photos featured by other magazines, a newspaper reported on Sunday.

Posted in General @ 10 April 2006 07:26 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 11 reactions


Keep your kisses short in Tangerang Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 4 reactions


Indonesia to get its own Playboy A toned-down edition of Playboy will go on sale Friday in mostly Muslim Indonesia, defying protests from Islamic leaders who have called on the government to ban the magazine, publishers said. The magazine does not feature nude women, and its photos of female models are no more risque than those in other magazines already for sale in the country, according to an Associated Press photographer who saw an advance copy.

Posted in General @ 06 April 2006 19:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 21 reactions


Anti-pornograpy laws stir debate about an open society Since taking office as Indonesia's sixth president 17 months ago, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has grown from a former general into agraft-buster, an economic reformer and a peacemaker. Now add social conservative to the list. Addressing a Jakarta audience last week, Mr Yudhoyono complained about young women baring belly buttons in public and recounted how a singer hired for a presidential event had been sent packing for exposing her navel. "I was disturbed," he said. "I told her to go home. And she did just that without having the chance to sing a song."

Posted in Politics @ 31 March 2006 07:05 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 23 reactions


Implications of pornography bill and Islamic law In the past few months much has been in the local Press about Sharia regulations in regions of Indonesia as well as the frequently cited Pornography Law being deliberated on in the House. These clippings in the press have been anything but flattering of Sharia which to a practicing Muslim is the crux of his daily interactions. Sharia has been labeled oppressive to women and minorities of other faiths, a step backwards for Indonesia, and an inhibitor to the economy.

Posted in Culture @ 25 March 2006 00:00 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Govt states porn bill must target materials The government made its position clear on the pornography bill on Wednesday, stating the focus should be on limiting distribution of obscene materials instead of criminalizing personal conduct, particularly of women. "The government believes the eventual anti-porn law should be effective in protecting the nation from excessive exposure to pornographic material, thus it should touch more on how to regulate its distribution," State Minister for Women's Empowerment Meutia Hatta Swasono said after accompanying President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a meeting with the National Commission on Violence Against Women.

Posted in Politics @ 16 March 2006 07:24 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Big factions want porn bill changed The two largest factions in the House of Representatives are expected to push for major changes to the pornography bill currently being deliberated, as the controversy over the issue continues to grow. The Golkar Party and the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) occupy 128 and 109 seats respectively in the 550-seat House.

Posted in Politics @ 11 March 2006 14:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Details still fuzzy on changes to porn bill Following a visit by legislators to Bali, Batam and Papua to gauge public opinion on the pornography bill, it's still a guessing game whether there will be major changes to the controversial bill. While House of Representatives special committee chairman Balkan Kaplale promised people in Batam there would be major changes to the draft of the bill, legislator Rustam E. Tamburaka said in Bali that "there may be some exceptions in the bill for Bali and Papua".

Posted in Politics @ 06 March 2006 09:45 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Adult magazine Playboy to make debut in Indonesia The U.S. pornographic magazine Playboy reportedly plans to make first publishing in Indonesia in March despite strong opposition from clerics and lawmakers. Local on-line media Detikcom reported Friday that the magazine's local promoters earlier this week have arranged an audition for local models who will be required to wear bikini and sexy night dress.

Posted in General @ 13 January 2006 11:25 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 10 reactions


One-third of Indonesians want more sex An online, global sex survey carried out by condom manufacturer Durex revealed that 31 percent of the Indonesian respondents said they wish to have sex more frequently, while only 34 percent of the total 1,112 respondents said they are happy with their sex lives.

Posted in General @ 19 November 2005 09:54 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 2 reactions


Should Miss Indonesia compete in swimsuit? Miss Indonesia has glossy black hair and a law degree, smiles constantly and talks about helping children. In many ways, she is the ideal Miss Universe contestant. But Artika Sari Devi faces one major obstacle in competing in the Miss Universe pageant May 30 - wearing a swimsuit. To Islamic clerics and many others, an Indonesian Muslim woman showing bare skin would be a public slap against Islam and a national embarrassment.

Posted in General @ 08 May 2005 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia debates kissing ban Indonesia’s government is considering a law banning unmarried couples from kissing in public – and harshly penalising those who do, The Jakarta Post reported today. The campaign against kissing is part of a proposal of sweeping reforms to laws adopted by the country’s Dutch colonial rulers in the late 19th century. Drafted by a panel of experts, the revised laws would set environmental protection standards and punish human rights violations and terrorism, the newspaper said.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 05 February 2005 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Police seek suspects in local porn film Police in the West Java capital of Bandung are searching for the makers and stars of a pornographic film called ‘Bulan Madu’ (Honeymoon) that was apparently filmed in a hotel in the city. The film, shot with a camcorder and now being sold for up to Rp75,000 a copy on video compact disc (VCD) format, runs for 45 minutes and 7 seconds. Also being sold under the title ‘Bandung Lautan Asmara II’ (Bandung Love Ocean II), the film shows a young man and young woman having sex in various positions in a room - reportedly at the Greenhill Hotel.

Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 01 September 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia to ban kissing in public Travellers caught kissing in public in Indonesia could face five years in jail. A new anti-pornography bill proposes a ban on "kissing on the mouth in public" and on "public nudity, erotic dances and sex parties". The suggested jail terms for these offences range from three to 10 years. Passionate kissing could carry a maximum penalty of five years in prison or a 250 million rupiah (£16,000) fine. Indecent exposure or watching sex shows would attract a similar punishment.

Posted in Religion @ 13 March 2004 00:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia delays passing of media law The government has delayed plans to pass a new media law that critics say would stifle freedom of information in the newly democratic country, reports said Thursday. The bill, which would bar local outlets from relaying foreign news programs and allow the government to temporarily shut down news broadcasts deemed to violate the law, originally was to be ratified by parliament at the end of this month.

Posted in Media @ 13 September 2002 00:01 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Indonesia limits international news programs A new broadcasting bill that aims to limit the broadcasting of international news programs in Indonesia has been approved by the government. Indonesia's Communications and Information Minister Syamsul Muarif said the government and the House of Representatives had agreed to ban local broadcasting companies from relaying programs from international sources. The House passed the bill during the final deliberations on the draft law on broadcasting, Syamsul was quoted by Indonesia's Antara National News Agency as saying on Monday.

Posted in Media @ 04 September 2002 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Sutiyoso: Glodok street vendors to be moved The city administration has announced it will relocate the some 400 roadside vendors, most of whom sell pirated VCDs and small electronic goods, operating around the busy Glodok shopping center in West Jakarta beginning next year. Governor Sutiyoso, who visited the popular electronics center on Friday, said the street vendors would be relocated to a four-story market in nearby Perniagaan, which is currently under renovation.

Posted in General @ 21 October 2000 00:02 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok are shakes off the gloom once again Business activities at Harco Glodok electronics center in West Jakarta stated to show signs of life on Tuesday amid fears of further rioting in the predominantly ethnic-Chinese business district. Several stores opened their doors to customers under the watchful eyes of dozens of uniformed police officers, while others whose stores were burned or vandalized by mobs during rioting on Saturday were still busy cleaning up the mess.

Posted in Violence @ 18 May 2000 10:03 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions


Glodok erupts after raids on pirated VCDs Rioting broke out in the capital's predominantly ethnic- Chinese business district of Glodok on Saturday morning after police raided street vendors selling pirated video compact discs (VCDs). At least four shops in the Harco Glodok electronic goods shopping center and several others along with two automobile showrooms on nearby Jl. Gajah Mada and Jl. Hayam Wuruk were set alight and vandalized. Looting was also reported from some of the shops affected.

Posted in Violence @ 14 May 2000 09:57 CET by Jeroen · permalink · 0 reactions
    
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