Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Anti-porn bill may threaten tourism, say officials

An anti-pornography bill which is before the Indonesian Parliament may hurt tourism on the island of Bali, some officials have claimed.

The bill, currently in draft form in the House of Representatives, defines pornography as acts that incite sexual desire.

Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim country and militant Islamic groups have taken a strong stance against pornography and prostitution in the country since the fall of former President Suharto in 1998.

The controversial legislation defines pornography as sexual materials in the form of drawings, sketches, illustrations, photographs, text, sound, moving pictures, animation, cartoons, poetry, conversations or any other form of communicative messages.

But some say the legislation could go as far as jailing people for kissing in public.

Experts see the bill as contentious, because traditional dress in Bali and the sparse clothing and swimwear worn by tourists, could be viewed as pornographic under the legislation.

"The island's tourism will clearly suffer should the house pass the bill," said Ngurah Wijaya, head of the Bali Tourism Board.

Last Friday, an Indonesian Islamic party, the Prosperous Justice Party said the anti-pornography bill could be a "Ramadan present" for Muslims.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Di sini tanda mereka mau parliamen berubah negara Indonesia sebagai neraka sejati, oleh undang2x anti-pornografi. Undang2x ini menghanurkan negara Indonesia. Anti-porn law is the biggest threat against Indonesia by turning Indonesia into hell and led by terrorrrist Indonesians.

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