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WAWIBF... Indonesian Porn

16 March 2007

It's been a tough week for Erwin Arnada, editor-in-chief of the Indonesian imprint of Playboy. The magazine went on sale in the predominantly Muslim country last April, where it immediately began to rub people up the wrong way. And not in a good way. In fact, it would be true to say that the moment Playboy hit the streets of Jakarta, there was a mass debate on morality and decency, resulting in a great wet gushing of absolute balls.

The upshot of which was that this week Arnada was in court on charges of distributing indecent pictures and profiting from their sale. And all for a bit of soft focus lady flesh. The court heard that Arnada had disseminated materials, dark materials, which had 'violated decency and aroused lust'. It is worth noting at this point that none of the models who appear in Indonesian Playboy are naked. But of course, neither are they covered head to toe and chained to the kitchen sink.

The bad news is that, unless Arnada can convince the court that they are living in the Dark Ages and should all renounce God, strip naked, run through the streets and have a crazy sex and drugs party, then come March 22nd, he faces a prison sentence of two years.

The even worse news is that whilst Arnada's hearing was in progress, more than 100 Muslims were outside of the courthouse chanting 'Hang him! Hang him!' It remains to be seen whether the judge will be swayed. But he might. He hates sex. Loves hanging.

Good luck, Erwin Arnada. Our fists are blurring in your honour.



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