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Indonesia passes anti-porn bill

A controversial and long-debated anti-porn bill was passed on Thursday by Indonesia's parliament.

According to the BBC, Islamic parties said the law was necessary, in order to protect women and children, and to support Indonesian societal morals. The law would ban images, gestures, or talk considered to be pornographic.

The opposition argues that the law violates both personal and cultural freedoms. Additionally, many are questioning the interpretation and implementation of the new law.

ABC News reports that violation of the law would result in up to 12 years in prison or up to $750,000 in fines.

Critics also do not appreciate a provision in the bill that allows the general public to participate in preventing the spread of obscenity.

"We're worried it will be used by hard-liners who say they want to control morality," Baby Jim Aditya, a women's rights activist, told Associated Press news agency. (BBC)