Bali Discovery Tours: Homepage
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Home Bali Contact Bali Practicalities Bali News Bali Services Bali Transportation Bali Sports Bali Excursions Bali Villas Bali Hotels
Home · News · Bali Rejects New Anti-Pornography Law
Bali Hotels, Bali Villas and Bali News from
Bali Hotels
Bali Villas
Special Deals!
MICE Handling
Bali Excursions
Culinary - Dining
Guided Tour
Bali Spas
Bali Sports
Bali Transportation
Car Rental - Selft Drive
Private Jet Charter
Bali News
Bali Services
Bali Practicalities
Bali Contact
Bali Career
Bali Update
Subscribe to our free weekly newsletter!
PATA header
PATA Gold Award 2007
Bali Update
PATA Gold Award Winner 2007
Bali Contact
Bali Discovery Tours
Komplek Pertokoan
Sanur Raya No. 27
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai,
Sanur, Bali, Indonesia

++62 361 286 283

++62 361 286 284

U.S.A. Fax:(toll free)

U.K. Fax:

Australian Fax:

++62 812 3819724

Bali Discovery

Bali News

Bali Rejects New Anti-Pornography Law

Nation-Wide Battle Brewing as Bali Joins Many Regions across Indonesia in Rejecting New Pornography Legislation.

Bali News:
Click Image to Enlarge


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.

Bali's governor, Made Mangku Pastika, quoted in Radar Bali responded to the passage of the bill by saying: "We in Bali continue to refuse (the new law). Until the end of time we will resist the ratification of the anti-pornography law." Pastika told the press that the new law cannot be equally applied in all parts of Indonesia and that any effort to do so will end in failure.

Similar reactions were heard elsewhere in Indonesia, including a statement from the popular Governor of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamangku Buwono, who said he joined Governor Pastika in refusing the new law, promising to coordinate with other national leaders on how best to proceed with a program of civil resistance. North Sulawesi also joined the early ranks of Indonesian provinces saying "no" to the divisive new rules.

The new law contains a number of highly controversial clauses, inexpertly drafted by religious leaders with little or no legislative experience. Many modes of traditional dress and cultural expression have been left in limbo by the new law which leaves the definition of pornography to every individual who is also empowered under the new law to mount vigilante acts to capture and punish those he or she deems "obscene."

Tempo Interactive reports that various groups in Bali are preparing a legal challenge to the new law on the grounds that it is in conflict with the National Constitution.

According to a local community leader, I Gusti Ngurah Harta: "we think the law is in opposition with the 1945 Law (constitution) as it discriminates against some citizens." Harta also takes specific issue with special clauses in the revised law that exempts traditional art, customs, and culture. Adding, "(It is) as if we have (a) porn culture, but we are getting special treatment."

Opposition in Bali take issue with the new laws vagueness, allowing multiple interpretations of what constitutes pornography, depending on local cultures to differentiate what is and is not obscene. "This law could legitimize anarchy in the name or eradicating porn."

At this stage, one thing is for certain. We've not heard the last of the struggle against the unpopular anti-pornography law.

Related Articles

[5 Thousand in Bali Protest Pornography Law]

[Sexy is in the Eye of the Beholder]

© Bali Discovery Tours. Articles may be quoted and reproduced if attributed to


Bali News by Bali Update
Subscribe to the Bali Update
Receive the latest news from Bali by email!

Our [Privacy Statement] explains how we handle the data you are providing.

Bali News by Bali Update
Explore the Archive of the Bali Update
Find related articles in our news archive!

or try to use Google Search :

Home · Bali Hotels · Bali Villas · Bali Excursions · Bali Sports · Bali News · Site Map · RSS

Bali News: More News
Infrastructure First: Seaports and Airport
Transportation Minister Says Baliís Airports, Seaports, and Passenger Terminals Must be Enhanced to Support Growing Passenger Numbers
Another Renovation for Baliís Airport?
Minister of Transportation Wants Carrying Capacity of Baliís Airport Increased to 35 Million Passengers per Year
Move Underway to Trump Chinese Tourists?
DPR-RI Vice Chairman Seeks Repeal of Wide-Ranging Visa Free Status for Indonesian Visitors
Departure, No Return
Garuda Accused of Incorrect Procedures in Death of Passenger Flying from Jakarta to Melbourne
Infrastructure First!
New Hotel Projects Set for Nusa Penida in Dire Need of Water and Electricity Support
Bali Welcomes 3 Millionth Visitor
Bali by the Numbers: BPS Says 43.3% More Foreign Visitors to Bali in August 2016, Passing the Year-to-Date Mark of 3 Million
In Need of a Designated Driver
European Couple Die in Motorcycle Mishap After a Night of Partying on Pererenan Beach in Bali
Bad Smells from the Kitchens?
Drainage Ditch at Bali Airport Filled with Foul-Smelling Pollutants Suspected to Come for Airline Catering Building
Cherishing the Children
St. Regis Resort Bali and Laguna Resort & Spa Raises More than $20,000 for UNICEF at Lavish Beachside Moonlight Dinner
Itís a Bali Holiday
Official National Holidays and Shared Holidays in Indonesia for 2017
Me and My Guitar
West Bali Police Send Home 18 Punkers on a Personal Sojourn in Bali
Passport to a Clean Bureaucracy
Indonesian Immigration Service Joins the Anti-Corruption Campaign
All [News]!