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#28842 - 29 Jun 06 22:27 AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case

By ZAKKI HAKIM, Associated Press Writer

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Playboy magazine's editor-in-chief and first centerfold model in Indonesia were formally named by police Thursday as suspects in an indecency case against the publication.

Authorities said they were investigating Kartika Gunawan, a woman who posed in lingerie in a premiere edition here in April, and Erwin Arnada, the editor. They could be prosecuted, and if convicted, imprisoned for two years and eight months.

The magazine's Indonesian launch caused a stir in the predominantly Muslim nation of 220 million, prompting the publisher to relocate its offices from the capital of Jakarta to the more liberal resort island of Bali. A second edition was released in June.

The legal action against Playboy comes as a small, hard-line Islamic bloc in parliament is pushing a bill to ban art, culture and literature deemed erotic or offensive.

Opponents say the so-called anti-pornography legislation, which has drawn tens of thousands of demonstrators on both sides of the issue, would undermine Indonesia's secular traditions.

Under Indonesian law, declaring someone a suspect is a formal step in a police procedure, indicating there is enough initial evidence to build a case for trial.

Arnada, a seasoned Indonesian journalist named as a suspect, could not be reached for comment.

Earlier, police investigators "upgraded" Gunawan's status to suspect, said defense attorney Sinarta Bangun. They are being investigated for breaking an article of Indonesia's criminal code, known as a "decency violation."

As a professional model, Gunawan believed she was dealing with a legal magazine that publishes images within limits set by the government, the lawyer said.

Gunawan said she was worried, but had the "full support" of her family.

"I am not sorry, because every decision I made was well considered. I was not trying to make a sensation, many more people posed more vulgar than I did," Gunawan told reporters after being questioned by police Thursday.

Before working for Playboy, Gunawan was a relatively unknown television actress who was featured in several soap operas but had never modeled professionally or posed in other publications, her agent said.

Jakarta police spokesman Col. Ketut Untung Yoga said he could not immediately comment.

The American magazine, which has 20 international editions, toned down its content for Indonesian readers, but the release of 100,000 copies nonetheless drew violent protests from hard-liners who said it was immoral and illegal.

Unlike versions in more than a dozen languages, Indonesian Playboy contains no nudity. The company has, however, become the focus of conservative, anti-American sentiment in the secular nation.

A group known as the Islamic Defenders' Front — which has a history of attacking bars and nightclubs and stoned the Playboy office in April — threatened action against the publishers.

Frightened advertisers responded by pulling their ads.
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#28843 - 29 Jun 06 23:18 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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I saw this and was about to post it too.

Just ONE MORE REASON why Bali should secede -- AND then deny extradition for the editor and centerfold gal. They should Just tell Jakarta "fook YoU!" JUst like Jakarta has told Dili's Serious Crime Unit court regarding the 300 RI citizens (mostly TNI) for gross human rights violations in 1999.
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#28844 - 30 Jun 06 07:31 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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I have always favoured the old “Protectorate” system that worked so well with the British. The smaller country rules itself, with assistance in defence and foreign affairs from a larger country. Many countries who would otherwise have struggled to defend themselves, or to maintain international links, did so with British assistance.

Perhaps Bali should consider becoming an Australian Protectorate, with appropriate defence, trade, visa and tourist links.

It need not be a dictatorial relationship, and could be mutually beneficial for both countries and the people.

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#28845 - 30 Jun 06 07:41 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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Originally posted by The One and Only Polar Bear:


Perhaps Bali should consider becoming an Australian Protectorate, with appropriate defence, trade, visa and tourist links.

It need not be a dictatorial relationship, and could be mutually beneficial for both countries and the people.
PB, question for you. Do you think that the Austrlians can assist in a better way, than the Indonesians are currently doing, with regards to Terrorism carried out there? The reason I ask is that I wonder if it would actually result in more violence........Getting a few more westerners, especially military would be a boon to the person carrying out the attack, would it not?

Or if you believe some of the "CIA did it" stories that I heard quite a few times when talking to Indonesians, do you think that the CIA would stop bombing Bali, because their Aussie mates are there? ( I really have no opinion with regards to WHO is carrying out these atrocities, I really just wish it wasnt happening).

I await your comments, good morning by the way smile
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#28846 - 30 Jun 06 07:51 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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Good Question Magpie, and one I had already considered.

Bali is an island. It can control its borders. By restricting access to Islamic fanatics at the borders, and patrolling its sea zones, it should be able to restrict terrorism. The current problem appears to be the open access from the rest on Indonesia.

My logic was stronger trade and tourist links with Australia (and thus the rest of the world via Australia), and defence ties, including Bali costal patrols conducted by Royal Australian Navy etc. Visa restrictions between Australia and Bali could be relaxed to take into account the new relationship.

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#28847 - 30 Jun 06 07:54 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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A better explanation would be – shut off the Indo to Bali border.

Yes its harsh and horrible, but two times now Islamic fanatics have slipped over this border, murdered innocent people and then slipped back. To stop terrorism in Bali you need to shut (or strictly control) that border.

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#28848 - 30 Jun 06 08:00 Re: AP/Playboy editor a suspect in Indonesia case
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And if Indonesians objected to Bali unilaterally declaring independence, and then developing stronger ties with Australia. – well it only has itself to blame.

We all know that Indonesia is only paying lip service to the war on terror. Any Jakartan can tell you who the local Islamic fanatic groups are, where they meet. Who to watch out for. But because of political pressure no one acts. In fact the Islamic fundamentalist power keeps growing.

How are the new Porn laws going……?

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