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CORRECTED: Indonesia Playboy weighs future, first issue on eBay

April 21, 2006

Please read in paragraph 7 … He said he was not competent
to comment on whether … instead of … No decision has been
made yet on whether … (Corrects statement).

A corrected story follows:

JAKARTA (Reuters) – Indonesian Playboy’s publishers are
weighing whether to print again after violent protests over the
first issue, now being offered on eBay as a collector’s item.

The first issue on April 7 was a tame affair by the
standards of the U.S. original, with less flesh visible than on
many beaches, including those on Indonesia’s resort island of
Bali, or than in many magazines already for sale in the
country.

Even so, the power of the Playboy name as the iconic symbol
of relaxed Western attitudes toward sex drew strong opposition
in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation.

A demonstration last week at the building housing Playboy’s
offices turned violent. Protesters threw rocks and broke
windows, prompting the publishers to move the operation
elsewhere.

That protest and others created security concerns,
spokesman Priambudhi said by phone on Friday.

“Playboy is considering safety and security for its staff.
The consequence is no editorial activity now.”

Priambudhi said he was not competent to say whether another
edition might appear.

Police have said they wanted Playboy to hold off publishing
again until they could investigate accusations it might have
violated laws such as anti-pornography and indecency statutes.

“Playboy had a meeting with the police department … the
police have yet to give the result of the investigation,”
Priambudhi said.

Meanwhile, at least one seller was offering copies of the
first edition over Web auctioneer eBay for a starting bid of
$75. The issue’s original price in Indonesian rupiah was
equivalent to about $4 a copy.

“Since many of the issues were burned in protests, this
copy is sure to be a collector’s item in limited supply,” the
eBay posting said. So far, there are no bidders.

Indonesia has 220 million people, making it the world’s
fourth most populous country. About 85 percent of them are
Muslims.

Most are moderate, but there is an increasingly vocal
militant minority. Some leaders of even middle-road Islamic
groups and institutions take a much harder line on social
issues than is common in the West.


Source: reuters



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