House of Reps Closer to Passing Bill That Could Limit Artwork, Expression

The Jakarta Post reports today that the House of Representatives has moved closer to passing the “porn bill.” The bill could severely restrict artwork, photographs, animation – even conversations – that are seen as pornographic or leading to “the violation of normative values within society.” (Quotes are from a text of the bill obtained by the Jakarta Post.)

Ni Komang Arviani / The Jakarta Post
Members of the People’s Alliance for Democracy and Human Rights protest the proposed bill in Bali (Ni Komang Arviani / The Jakarta Post)

How does the proposed law define pornography?

Article 1 reads: “Pornography is any man-made work that includes sexual materials in the form of drawings, sketches, illustrations, photographs, text, sound, moving pictures, animation, cartoons, poetry, conversations or any other form of communicative message.”

Supporters are hoping that this month means smooth sailing for the bill. “It will be a Ramadan gift,” a PKS (Prosperous Justice Party) member is quoted as stating.

NPR’s Michael Sullivan reported on a 2006 version of the bill. Listen here.

Advertisements

One thought on “House of Reps Closer to Passing Bill That Could Limit Artwork, Expression

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s