Indonesia editor not guilty for playboy

The editor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesia has not been found guilty of violating indecency laws in the world's most populous Muslim nation and will not face time behind bars.

Indonesia editor not guilty for playboy

Theeditor-in-chief of Playboy Indonesiahas not been found guilty of violating indecency laws in the world's mostpopulous Muslim nation and will not face time behind bars.

ErwinArnada had faced a maximum punishment of more than two years in prison in acase closely watched by Muslim groups.



Readinghis verdict, Efran Basyuning, the presiding judge of the South Jakarta DistrictCourt, said pictures of scantily dressed women could not, under criminal laws,"be categorised as pornography."



Hundredsof police armed with water canon were deployed outside the court inanticipation of any backlash from a crowd of protesters over the verdict.

Prosecutorshad called for Arnada to be jailed in the case seen as pitting press freedomagainst conservative Islamic values in the world's most populousMuslim-majority nation.

Theprosecution said Arnada had upset society and damaged Indonesia'smorals.

ButArnada argued that Playboy Indonesia does not publish photographs of nakedwomen or do anything to break Indonesia'sindecency laws.

Beforethe verdict he said the magazine would not be pulled from the shelves even ifhe ended up behind bars.

Playboy'sdebut issue in April last year featured several models on its cover and insidepages, showing cleavage and long legs - but nothing more explicit.

Manyother magazines and websites carrying much racier content are widely availablein the country.


Earlier agroup calling itself the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) warned it would fight against the adult magazine, which is still beingpublished in Indonesia, ifthe court in Jakartafailed to jail Arnada.

"Wewill attack the Playboy office and sweep up copies of the magazine, which willdestroy the morals of Indonesian children," Irwan Asidi, one of theFront's leaders, told the AFP news agency ahead of the court's ruling.

About 20FPI members were allowed inside the courtroom itself as a panel of judges beganreading the verdict.

"Playboydestroyed the mentality of the Indonesian generation. We have to fight againstthem. Islam not only protects Muslim followers but also non-Muslim," FPImember Abdul Khodir said.

Speakingbefore the verdict, Ina Rachman, Arnada's lawyer, said she hoped the courtwould rule objectively despite the protests.

"Ihope the judges will take a decision independently and free from third-partyinfluences," she told AFP.

"Weall know that the FPI has threatened all parties, including the judges andmyself."

Last yearPlayboy moved its Indonesian headquarters to the predominantly Hindu island of Baliafter attacks on its offices in the capital, Jakarta.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16