Uncharted Territory

With boyfriend Nazril Irham aka Ariel from the pop band Peterpan (now renamed Peterporn in cyberspace) still under police detention, Luna Maya was left alone to face 2 groups of demonstrators as she went to National Police headquarters for another round of interview.  These 2 groups of demonstrators, however, were not united, and they were demonstrating for different purposes.  Meanwhile, 9 TV stations agreed to some sort of self censorship at their newsrooms to prevent a repeat of the media circus over the coverage of the sex videos allegedly featuring Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  The whole Peterporn saga is now moving into uncharted territory.

Demonstrators  From The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) 

So Luna Maya decided to go to the National Police headqarters at 5:30 a.m. local time, perhaps to avoid the press.  However, that did not prevent demonstrators from turning up at the same venue.  But what were they demonstrating about, and who were these demonstrators?

Clearly demonstrating against the 3 celebrities (Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari) were demonstrators from the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). These demonstrators had one message for the police.  They shouted out this message: “Eradicate moral terrorists. Arrest Luna Maya and Cut Tari now.”

The label “moral terrorists” was first applied to Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari  by Habib Salim, head of the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) when he said at a recent rally: “Porn actors and actresses are another form of terrorism. This is moral terrorism. We have to save the citizens from any harm that will degrade our morality.”  Habib Salim also promised: “We are still waiting for the police’s investigation, but if they fail, we were going to take action.”  And this demonstration outside the National Police headquarters appears to be the “action” that was promised by Habib Salim.

Demonstrators From The Indonesian Poor Union (SMRI)

Another group of demonstrators also turned up at the same venue, but they were not there to support the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI).  These demonstrators from the second group came from the Indonesian Poor Union (SRMI), and they too had a message for the police: “Catch corruptors and state fund thieves. Don’t be too busy investigating the sex tapes. The sex tapes are personal and a distraction from important issues.”

Media Circus

The demands by the Indonesian Poor Union (SRMI) reflect the view of some Indonesians who are fed up with the media circus surrounding the reporting of the Peterporn sex videos scandal of Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari. Now 10 newsroom executives representing 9 TV stations have agreed among themselves to self regulate the coverage of future news items of a similar nature.  This agreement at self censorship is welcomed by the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission (KPI).

Chairman of the Indonesian Broadcasting Commission Dadang Rahmat Hidayat said:  “For broadcasters to decide by themselves to control the way news is presented is much better than public scrutiny. We appreciate the initiative since their positions as editors in chief of television newsrooms make them the gatekeepers who set the agenda for news reporting.”

Imam Wahyudi, chairman of the Indonesian Television Journalists Association (IJTI), referring to the competition by TV stations for ratings, said: “The unhealthy competition has also killed off professional solidarity among journalists.”

Meanwhile the Press Council called on its members to avoid “serious ethical violations” of the Indonesian journalistic code of ethics in news gathering and reporting.  It said: “News reporting and news gathering are to be done with discretion for the privacy of the individuals involved and to cause them the least trauma.” 

Think About It

Is the Indonesian public getting tired of media coverage of the Peterporn sex videos scandal?  Not in cyberspace!  But there are people who are getting weary of the so-called media circus running rings around Ariel, Luna Maya and Cut Tari.  Should something be done?  Is self-censorship the way to go?  And what should the police do?  Arrest Luna Maya and Cut Tari as demanded by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI)?  Or drop the Peterporn sex scandal case and concentrate on catching corrupters and those who defraud state funds as demanded by the Indonesian Poor Union (SMRI)?

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Ariel Arrested Over Sex Videos Featuring Luna Maya And Cut Tari
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