Eight television stations may be prosecuted for screening violent, mystical, and sexually oriented programs.
Eight private television stations were reported to police on 14th December by the Komisi Penyiaran Indonesia (KPI), Indonesian Broadcasting Commission, for airing programs of a sexual, violent, and/or superstitious nature.
KPI member Ade Armando confirmed his august organisation had made the police report.
We reported TPI, Lativi, ANTeve, TransTV, TV7, Indosiar, SCTV and RCTI for violating the broadcasting law.
Lativi was reported for programs such as Curhat, Cinta dan Nafsu (Love and Lust), Bisikan Nafsu (Whispering Lust) and Sinetron Sore (Evening Soap Opera).
Trans TV was cited for its programs Dorce Show and Hidayah.
TV7 for Fenomena (Phenomenon) and Ketawa Special (Laughter Special).
TPI for Dewa-Dewi (God and Goddess) and Sinema Religi (Religious Stories).
Indosiar for Hitam Putih (Black and White), Misteri Ilahi (Divine Mystery), Aku Cemburu III (I am Jealous III).
Scary stuff, "Misteri Ilahi".
SCTV was reported for Panggung Hahahihi, Temulawak, and Suratan Takdir.
RCTI for its program Panggung Emas (Golden Stage).
Antv was reported for screening Om Farhan.
"Om Farhan", not just annoying.
Ade said the commission had sent warning letters to the eight TV stations several times informing them that the nature of their programs violated the 2002 Broadcasting Act.
We also warned them that we would use the evidence we have collected to take legal action.
Meanwhile National Police spokesman Brigadier General Anton Bachrul Alam said, as quoted by Jakarta Post:
Based on this report, we will begin legal proceedings.
If the case goes to court, the stations could each face a fine of up to 10 billion rupiah ($1.1 million), while the individuals responsible could be jailed for up to five years.
Last month, Lativi was forced to stop airing the Smack Down show after the death of a child was said to be caused by the imitation of wrestling moves seen on the show.
December 20th, 2006. The KPI have issued an ultimatum to the television stations above to cease broadcast of violent and sexual programs by January 1st 2007. The message was conveyed during a meeting between the KPI, police, and representatives of the stations in Jakarta on the 19th. If the KPI's request is not obeyed the police will likely begin investigating the stations in accordance with the KPI's recent reporting of them. metrotv