Playboy publishes 2nd edition from Bali
BALI (AP): A second edition of Playboy hit the streets of Indonesia Wednesday as the local publisher moved its offices to Bali island, two months after Islamic hardliners threw rocks at its Jakarta offices following the magazine's debut.
The magazine has been toned-down for publication in the world's most populous Muslim nation, but the first edition nonetheless drew violent protest from hardliners who say the contents are immoral and violate criminal codes. Frightened advertisers responded by pulling their ads.
The magazine's new Bali offices opened Wednesday.
"The safety and convenience of our employees comes first," publisher Erwin Arnada said of the decision to relocate offices to the Hindu-majority island of Bali, a haven for foreign tourists. "People in Bali are more open to ideas, they are more adaptable."
Erwin, who is also the magazine's editor-in-chief, said 100,000 copies of the 160-page edition - void of photos of naked women and advertisements - were being printed.
The magazine, which was being hawked car to car on crowded intersections of the capital, features an interview with Fabianus Tibo - a Christian hard-liner on death row for an attack on a Muslim boarding school - and follows the history of the local wine culture. (**)
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