West Java Restricts ‘Adult’ Foreign Pop Songs
Indonesia's most populous province has set restrictions on when more than 80 English language songs can be broadcast.
The West Java provincial broadcast commission identified 85 songs its members consider "adult" because of their offensive language. It said that local radio and television stations can only play such music between 10 at night and 3 in the morning.
The songs include Ed Sheeran's Shape of You, Ariana Grande's Love Me Harder and That's What I Like by Bruno Mars.
Indonesia is the world's biggest Muslim-majority country. It has seen a rise in restrictions on subjects or behavior considered pornographic. The country is officially secular, meaning there is no state religion. But local lawmakers sometimes pass laws based on sharia or Islamic law.
Broadcast programs are barred from having songs and/or video that show or contain "obscenities, sex...and drugs," said Neneng Athiatul Faiziyah, a member of the commission. She said the action followed public comments on the issue. There were similar objections over thousands of songs, she said.
Faiziyah said that she and other members were also making a list of Indonesian language songs they considered "adult".
West Java is home to 48 million people. It is known for being among the most conservative provinces in Indonesia.
At the national level, Indonesia already has strong anti-pornography laws. Critics say these measures can be misused to threaten tolerance or creative expression in the Southeast Asian country.
Last month, Indonesia's parliament dropped a music bill after protests by artists and rights activists who were concerned that it could restrict freedom of expression.
The bill included wording that aimed to prevent the creation of music considered to include bad influences from foreign cultures. The Jakarta Post newspaper said it also was designed to control influences that could incite violence or illegal behaviors.
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5.Faiziyah said that she and other members were also making a list of Indonesian language songs they considered "adult".
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It is known for its handicraft products.
It is known for its music, food, and noisy celebrations.
西爪哇省广播委员会将85首外国歌曲判定为“成人”等级，因为这些歌曲使用了冒犯性的词汇 。报道称，当地电台和电视台只能在晚上10点至凌晨3点时段播放此类音乐 。
这些歌曲包括Ed Sheeran的《Shape of You》，Ariana Grande的《Love Me hard》以及Bruno Mars的《What I Like》 。
印尼是全球最大的穆斯林占多数的国家 。该国对色情题材或行为的限制有所增加 。这个国家是正式的世俗国家——意味着没有国家宗教 。但是当地立法者有时会通过以伊斯兰教教义为准则的法律 。
该委员会成员费其雅（Neneng Athiatul Faiziyah）指出，广播节目不得播放带有或包含“淫秽、色情以及毒品内容”的歌曲或视频 。”她说，这一行动是在公众对该问题发表评论后采取的 。她说，数千首歌曲也遭到了类似的抵制 。
西爪哇省有4800万人口 。它是印尼最保守的省份之一 。
在国家层面，印尼已经制定了严格的反色情法 。批评人士指出，这些法律可能会被滥用，威胁到这个东南亚国家的包容以及创造性表达 。
该法案的条文旨在防止创作被认为含有外国文化不良影响的音乐 。《雅加达邮报》称，该法案的目的还包括控制可能引发暴力或非法行为的影响 。