Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono boasted last month about his country's "increasingly incisive" free press—the single biggest bulwark supporting its young democracy. If he wants it to preserve it, he'll have to start standing up for men like Erwin Arnada. The former Playboy magazine editor was threatened by radical Islamists in for publishing "indecent" content. Skull-capped thugs trashed his offices, threatened his family and reported him to police. Prosecutors caved and took him to court, even though the magazines contained no nudity. Two lower courts vindicated Mr.
The editor of Playboy Indonesia?
Playboy Indonesia editor acquitted of indecency - Committee to Protect Journalists
Police had been looking for Mr Arnada, who ignored orders to surrender after being sentenced to two years in jail for indecency in August. The Islamist Defenders Front FPI , a hardline Muslim group in Indonesia, had said Mr Arnada was a "moral terrorist", and the group criticised the authorities for failing to track him down. South Jakarta chief prosecutor Mohammed Yusuf said Mr Arnada had ignored three orders to turn himself in. Mr Arnada's acquittal in was seen as a victory of freedom of the press in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation where Islamist extremists launched violent protests when the magazine appeared in But the FPI and other Islamist groups lodged an appeal with the Supreme Court, which found him guilty of public indecency after publishing a handful of issues of Indonesian Playboy, which contained no nudity. The Indonesian parliament passed a controversial anti-pornography law in , which was backed by Islamist groups. But the law also prompted protests across Indonesia, particularly on the predominantly Hindu island of Bali - a favourite destination for tourists.
Indonesian Playboy editor arrested to serve sentence
Erwin Arnada, the former editor of Indonesia's version of Playboy magazine holds a document outside the Cipinang jail in Jakarta following his release from prison on June 24, after the Supreme Court accepted his final appeal against indecency charges. JAKARTA: Playboy Indonesia's former editor was released from prison Friday after the country's top court overturned his indecency conviction for publishing pictures of scantily clad women. The long-running case has highlighted the growing militancy of a vocal fringe wanting Islamic-based laws implemented in Indonesia, a moderate democracy that is the world's most populous Muslim nation. Erwin Arnada, 48, who had been editor of the now-defunct magazine, was serving a two-year prison sentence after a protracted legal battle that began in and saw him imprisoned last October when a lower court's acquittal was overturned. His lawyer Heriyanto Yang said a judicial review panel of the Supreme Court decided late last month to reverse the court's own earlier conviction.
DENPASAR, Indonesia — When Erwin Arnada, editor in chief of Playboy magazine in Indonesia, answered a summons at police headquarters in the national capital, Jakarta, he turned up smiling, behaved like a good citizen and, in turn, was treated politely during nearly six hours of questioning. Arnada said he replied. The questioners chuckled enviously, he said. They charged him, and Ms. Gunawan, with violating the indecency provisions of the criminal code, then let them go.