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House set to pass bill banning online porn

  • Lilian Budianto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, March 25 2008   /  12:44 am

The House of Representatives is set to pass a bill today (Tuesday) that would jail users and providers of pornographic websites, despite fears the legislation could victimize receivers of unsolicited email containing adult content. When the bill comes into effect, providers and users of pornographic sites will face a maximum of three years in prison or a fine of up to Rp 1 billion (around US$107 million). "I agree if the bill is aimed at protecting children from accessing adult sites. But I am afraid the police will see it as a chance to extort money from people receiving spam porn emails," Zatni Arbi of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences said Monday. He said the police could conduct raids before spam receivers had deleted the offending emails and accuse them of violating the law. An information technology expert, Zatni feared the government's effort...