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Jakarta Post

After Facebook, NU targets mobile phone calls between sexes

  • Indra Harsaputra

    The Jakarta Post

Magetan, East Java   /   Sat, May 23 2009   /  11:23 am

Many have been shocked to learn that 1,700 Muslim clerics of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) — the largest Muslim organization in Indonesia — have issued an edict banning communication between sexes using mobile phones, and online social networks such as Facebook.
For Jani Sularto, her BlackBerry is an essential part of keeping connected with business partners and friends.
"The nature of my work requires that I continually check for incoming emails because many of our business partners are overseas," she said Friday.
"It all depends on individuals. I stay online 24 hours, but only log in to Facebook for two hours a day to get in touch with old friends," said Jani, who found her elementary school friends using Facebook.
"For me, this gadget has more advantages than disadvantages."
Jani is among the many mobil...