Some fear the rise of a morality police.
Article 22 of the revised draft for the anti pornography law (Rancangan Undang Undang
Anti Pornografi dan Pornoaksi (RUU APP)) states:
Everyone has a role in preventing the production, distribution, and consumption of pornography.
Some groups, such as:
representatives of which met at the Nahdatul Ulama building in Jl. Kramat, Jakarta on 3rd December, fear that this article, among others, will result in the creation of a morality police in Indonesia intent on rooting out pornography, or more instances of "sweeping" against places where sinful activities are known to be going on.
Hendardi of the Setara Institute says:
Articles 22 and 24 could create anarchy with irresponsible groups using the law to suit themselves.....Groups could come into existence [perhaps like Bandung Sin Watch] which act as morality police.
He said the RUU should make it clear that only the police had the authority to enforce laws.
As part of the long-running debate on the bill, and even though the current version of the draft is a watered down version of the original, Ratna Sarumpaet from Aliansi Bhinneka Tunggal Ika says:
I still don't think this law is necessary because pornography is already dealt with in other laws.
DVD/VCD porn movies are already proscribed in the law on Intellectual Property and child pornography is dealt with in the Child Protection law, she says. The current laws simply needed to be strengthened and/or better enforced. republika