Indonesia House to Pass Porn Bill

Ariana Rodriguez
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Eight of 10 factions at the House of Representative have pushed for an anti-pornography bill to be passed tomorrow, despite mounting rejection.

The Democratic Party of Stuggle (PDI-P) has threatened to boycott the wide-sweeping bill that also has been officially rejected by several provinces including Bali, Papua and North Sulawesi. After most of the factions of the House accepted the draft of the bill Tuesday, the PDI-P walked out of the deliberation process.

The current draft of the bill defines pornography as "man-made sexual materials either in the forms of drawings, sketches, illustrations, photographs, texts, voices, sound, moving pictures, animations, cartoons, poetry, conversations, gestures or other forms of communicative messages through various kinds of media; and performances in front of the public, which may incite sexual desire and or violate moral ethics in the community."

“Yes, we will pass the bill on Oct. 30,” said Balkan Kaplale, chairman of the special committee deliberating the bill.

The leaders of the factions will meet with House officials today to confirm the date of approval by the House. After tomorrow, the House goes into recess.

Eva K. Sundari of the PDI-P is reported as saying that the PDI-P rejected the definition and demanded that gestures and performances be excluded from the definition because subjective interpretations of such may lead to the prohibition of many artistic performances.

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