Jakarta police want Playboy somewhere else
It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move.india Updated: Apr 13, 2006 18:03 IST
It took one week for a violent protest to erupt in Indonesia against a new local edition of Playboy magazine -- and one more day for police to say it should pack up its bunny ears and move.
The police chief in Jakarta on Thursday said he has asked the publishers of the legendary girlie magazine to halt its publication, at least in Jakarta.
He said that he had told editors and representatives of the owners of the magazine to consider the security problems given the protests.
"Of course, they should consider not publishing, especially in the region of the Greater Jakarta police," Gani told the ElShinta radio.
Gani said the executives had "explicitly" said they will seriously consider protesters' demands that they stop publishing.
His statements came after two policemen were wounded in a protest the previous day.
Gani had also said he was looking into the possibility of ordering the company not to circulate the magazine in Jakarta.
"If that is legally possible, then we will issue it," Gani told reporters.
Detikcom news service reported that the local publishers had been kicked out of their Jakarta office after Wednesday's protest and had moved overnight.
"The magazine publisher has also endangered other tenants," said PP Poli, from a firm currently taking care of the building. He said the company had violated its lease by claiming to be a production house.
About 300 protesters from the radical Islamic Defenders Front (FDI) protested on Wednesday outside the publisher's offices.