Friday, January 20, 2006


Playboy. Allah Wouldn't Like It.

Despite warnings of "disastrous" consequences from Muslim leaders if Playboy is allowed to be published in Indonesia, the man behind the magazine release has confirmed that he will press ahead with release of the adult mag. One problem though, the Indonesian edition will contain no nudes. Which begs the question. Without nudes, is it really Playboy?

A man enjoys to read Indonesian tabloid with scantily dressed women pictures on it in Jakarta, 15 January 2006. Indonesian Muslim leaders on Friday expressed horror over reported plans to publish a local edition of Playboy and warned of "disastrous" consequences.

An Indonesian publisher said on Friday that he will press ahead with a local edition of Playboy despite opposition from Muslim leaders, but promised that the risque magazine will not contain nudes.

Publisher Ponti Carollus, speaking after meeting with members of the Indonesian Press Council, said the Indonesian-language magazine will focus on articles rather than photographs.

"Definitely we will not be brave enough to take explicit pictures from [Playboy headquarters in] America," he told reporters.

"We are not a porn magazine and we will not be featuring too many pictures ... There will be pictures but, once again, they will not contain nudity," he said.

Carollus said he will not risk losing his investment by running nude pictures and being shut down by authorities in the world's most populous Muslim nation.

He also cited legislation on pornography that Parliament is expected to pass, which would see heavy jail terms meted out to individuals deemed "pornographers".

"One thing for sure, we do not want to go to jail. After investing so much money, we sure do not want to go to jail," Carollus told reporters.

Muslim leaders have expressed horror over plans to publish Playboy here, warning of "disastrous" consequences.

The first edition of the magazine is due to hit newsstands in March, making Indonesia only the second Asian nation after Japan to have its own edition of the magazine.

Magazines and tabloids depicting scantily dressed women are widely available in Indonesia, including the local editions of foreign titles such as British men's magazine FHM.


Hey, it's a step in the right direction anyway.


Yes, it is, but I will bet that the publishing firm, the printing firm and everyone connected with it is either jailed, killed or otherwise put out of business within six months of the release of the first issue.

Sad but I really believe it.

Papa Ray
West Texas

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