Educating the public about the pornography bill and legal challenges against UU Porno at the Constitutional Court.
On 9th December 2008 president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (SBY) signed it into law, after having examined it and found that it guaranteed freedom of expression and protected traditional customs, according to spokesman Andi Mallarangeng. okezone
Information minister Muhammad Nuh said the government would begin a program of "socialization", i.e. educating the public about the law, particularly in areas where opposition to it was centred, they being in non-Muslim majority provinces like Bali, North Sulawesi, Papua, NTT, and in tourism oriented Yogyakarta. suarasurabaya
Conservative backers of the law such as the Regent of Karanganyar, Priantono Jarot Nugroho, asked the government to get busy with the socialization program, to prevent the current moral degradation in the country from worsening. antara
Muhammad Nuh stated that the law clearly protected traditional rites and forms of dress (Article 3), as well as personal privacy. Koteka (penis sheath) wearing Papuans and Sundanese jaipong dancers had nothing to fear, because these things were part of indigenous culture. He welcomed any judicial challenges to the law. kompas
The Governor of Bali, I Made Mangku Pastika, said in late December 2008 that he would support any effort to challenge the law at the Constitutional Court in Jakarta, and that local government agencies would be put to work to help prepare any legal challenge. vivanews
Cirylus Bau Engo of the Nusa Tenggara Timur (NTT) parliament said people in NTT did not want the law applied in the province and that the way out of the problem was appealing against it at the Constitutional Court. gatra
However as of writing the only case against the Pornography bill to have come before the Mahkamah Konstitusi, briefly, emanates from North Sulawesi/Manado, where a dozen or so church and Minahasa cultural groups attempted to bring a case on February 22nd in Jakarta, specifically against Article 1, on the (loose) definition of pornography, Article 4, on the production and distribution of pornographic materials, and Article 10, on the banning of public performances thought pornographic. vivanews
However the justices decided that the legal standing of the challenge was not clear and declined to hear the case. Justice Maria Farida Indriati said
You all come from Minahasa groups but in your plea you talk about Papuan and Betawi people, who are you actually representing?
Justice Akil Mochtar advised them to bring the case as individual citizens of Indonesia, not as representatives of social organisations, and to clear up the basic errors in the submission, and then try again at a later date. kompas