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Putting a Blush to the Pornography Law

PDI-P Party Call on Government to Ditch the Anti-Pornography Law.


Bali News: Putting a Blush to the Pornography Law
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(4/2/2006)

As reported on balidiscovery.com [ See: Too Sexy for My Bali!], the proposed anti-pornography bill now being considered in Jakarta has stimulated wide-spread opposition across Indonesia, not least of which in Bali where the legislation is seen as fundamentally opposed to Bali's culture and its main industry of tourism.

Meanwhile, the powerful Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) has labeled the proposed legislation as "extremely dangerous" in its efforts to "change a multicultural society into a monocultural one."

Pressure is mounting from the PDI-P, the party of Indonesia's former President Megawati Sukarnoputri, and many other quarters to drop the legislation completely or, at the very least, to water down its contents which seek to regulate public and private behavior into a more moderate law dealing only with the control of the distribution of pornographic material. Quoted in the Jakarta Post, the Secretary-general of PDI-P, Pramono Agung, said that the pornography bill threatened the nation's plurality, adding that an ideological battle was raging.

He warned that the current struggle to preserve the principles established by Indonesia's founding Fathers that honored plurality in not embracing any single religion as the State religion had the potential to erupt into a national full-scale confrontation. Pramono saw some groups as trying to "insert Islamic teachings" into the national law in its efforts to prohibit kissing in public, govern standards of dress, and nudity in the arts.


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