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Friday, March 25, 2011

Indonesian court rejected pornography ban challenge
Dwyer Arce at 12:00 AM ET

On March 25, 2010, the Indonesian Constitutional Court rejected a challenge to an anti-pornography law which was purportedly designed to protect younger generations from pornographic and lewd materials. Critics challenged the bill for being too broad, discriminating against women and targeting aspects of Indonesian tradition and culture, but the court rejected those arguments. Some areas of Indonesia, such as Bali, refused to enforce the law. While Indonesia is officially secular, it has the world's largest Muslim population, with some areas are ruled by Sharia law.

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