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Playboy Wins

Just to close the loop on this post from last week, the editor of Playboy Indonesia was acquitted today:

JAKARTA, April 5 — An Indonesian court acquitted the editor of Playboy Indonesia on indecency charges today, angering conservative Muslims who have been fighting to shut down the magazine since it first appeared last year.
The trial, which lasted months, highlighted growing divisions here between a rising conservative movement and the moderate Muslims who make up the majority of the population.
Hundreds of conservative Muslims, many of them members of the Islamic Defender’s Front, a hard-line Islamic organization that has led the fight against Playboy, staged a protest outside the courtroom during the verdict, blocking traffic and shouting slogans. Hundreds of police officers were deployed, armed with water cannons, to keep order.

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