The trial of Playboy editor Erwin Arnada.
PT Velvet Silver Media launched a tame version of Playboy magazine in Indonesia in April 2006 and managed to put out three editions, 1, 2, 3, which drew protests from conservative Muslim groups who demanded it cease publication. Its office was relocated to the safe haven of Bali (although not all Balinese were pleased) after its Jakarta office was attacked by the Islam Defenders Front, Front Pembela Islam (FPI).
Erwin Arnada, happy early but not now.
A complaint was filed against the magazine's editor, Erwin Arnada, and his trial for publishing indecent material began on 7th December. He faces up to three years imprisonment if convicted.
The man whose complaint to police led to the prosecution of Arnada was Baharuzaman, the co-chairman of the FPI. He testified on the 14th in court that Playboy was "the world's icon of pornography" and that it "violated norms of morality and politeness". He also pointed out that the publication of such material was in violation of a Majelis Ulama Indonesia (MUI) fatwa of 2001. metrotv
I reported the magazine to the police because it did dirt on society, especially children.
(Saya laporkan pada polisi bahwa majalah ini meresahkan masyarakat terutama anak-anak.)
The name "Playboy" means a man who likes to play around with women. It's an icon of world pornography.
(Playboy dari judulnya saja Lelaki Hidung Belang, suka mempermainkan perempuan. Ikon majalah porno dunia.)
Indonesia, as a Muslim majority nation, could not allow Playboy to publish, he said, as it would damage the nation's morals.
FPI Power - FPI men remind the court that God is great.
Meanwhile Syamsul Huda of a group called Anti Pembajakan dan Pornografi testified that the magazine was openly sold on the streets, even near religious schools.
Arnada's trial was continued today but the hearing was closed to the public.
A number of Islam Defenders Front (FPI) members expressed their disappointment over Judge Efran Basuning's decision, saying that the two previous hearings were not carried out behind closed doors.
Judge Basuning did not give his reasons but promised that the verdict would later be read in an open session.
January 17th 2007
Erwin's trial continued today behind closed doors. He is threatened with two years and eight months imprisonment
Two models who appeared in the magazine, Andhara Early from the first edition, and Xochitl Pricilla alias Fla Pricilla from the second edition of Playboy, as well as photographer Okke Gania, appeared in court as witnesses.
More fists in the air.
As the three were leaving the court scuffles broke out between police and members of hardline Islamic groups, the Islam Defender's Front, or Front Pembela Islam (FPI), the Misi Islam, and the Muslimah Peduli Umat Bekasi. One member of Misi Islam was arrested. Protesters were heard to have called Early a "cheap prostitute" who would go to hell and said "I hope your daughter gets raped". antara
March 13th 2007.
The head of the Majelis Mujahiddin Indonesia (MMI) Abu Bakar Ba'asyir attended the trial and expressed his great disappointment at the leniency of the 2-year sentence proposal. Baasyir requested that Arnada be sentenced to death, because the latter had damaged the morals of the nation. About 400 police armed with two water cannons were on standby outside the courthouse. detik
March 23rd 2007.
The defence pled their case yesterday, saying that the pictures of women in the magazine were artistically done and meant to show the beauty of the subjects. The prosecution will respond on 5th April. l6
March 30th 2007.
The Playboy affair captures the world's most populous Muslim country's steady slide toward intolerance. But the silence with which it has been greeted in the U.S. "” no press releases from the Committee to Protect Journalists clog my inbox "” also underscores the cringe of bien pensant America toward the export of popular culture, especially to Muslim lands. You'll be hard-pressed to find an NGO head or professional pundit eager to stand up for Playboy, or for that matter for Baywatch or Desperate Housewives. For the most part, such fare is seen as a provocation. Why give the permanently angry Muslim street another excuse to seethe?
In reality, the problem is not Playboy's predilection for the scantily clad, but Islamists' tendency to fly into a rage over a flash of thigh or a bare midriff. (There's no nudity in the Indonesian edition.) American popular culture ought to be celebrated rather than derided. In its crass commercialism and blithe disregard for Islamist sensibilities lie the greatest hopes of bringing Muslim societies to terms with modernity.
In practical terms, Islamist movements around the world "” from Hamas in the Palestinian territories to the Jamaat-e-Islami in the Indian subcontinent to Indonesia's Justice and Prosperity Party "” follow a two-pronged strategy. They seek to emulate the West's science and technology while walling off their societies from the taint of Western culture. These groups see the path to an Islamist state through the creation of a fundamentalist society. This requires shutting down anything that gets in the way.
April 5th 2007.
Erwin Arnada was not convicted. Judge Erfan Basuning said the prosecution had used the wrong law in its charges against Erwin. The prosecution had only employed the criminal code in its charge sheet however because Playboy was a product of the press and contained not only pictures but reading material the relevant law was the Press Code, said the judge. Legal costs were awarded against the state.
The prosecutor's office have seven days with which to decide whether to charge Erwin under a different statute - a spokesman said they would think about it.
Erwin Arnada in court.
This country is now a pornography country.
After the verdict Erwin met the press, holding a picture of the Playboy bunny symbol with the words "God Save the Bunnies" on it, and said that today was like a first birthday gift for Playboy Indonesia, because the magazine was one year old. detik