'Playboy' back with more skin but ad pages laid bare

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The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 06/08/2006 2:42 PM

The Jakarta Post, Jakarta

The second edition of Playboy Indonesia is not only free of steamy nude pictorials, but also conspicuously lacking in advertisements.

White space occupied the pages where the glossy advertisements that filled April’s first edition should have been placed.

“”These blank pages are dedicated to our loyal clients who have been threatened against placing ads in this magazine,”” is the message from publisher PT Velvet Silver Media on the blank pages, acknowledging unnamed cell phone, cologne and tobacco advertisers.

Although reticent advertisers may have pulled out, the publisher refused to be cowed by the threats of Muslim hard-line groups after it moved its office from Jakarta to the more hospitable location of Bali.

The second edition, which hit newsstands across the country on Wednesday, offers bolder content than the first.

The June playmate is Bali-based French beauty Amar Doriane, whose seductive poses in see-through lingerie make her April predecessor Kartika Gunawan look like a naive schoolgirl.

Local model Joanna Alexandra also flaunts an alluring gaze as skimpy outfits expose her midriff and thighs.

It also has other content likely to offend the members of the hard-line groups, with two articles discussing items prohibited for consumption in Islam — pork and alcohol.

The chairman of the Bali chapter of the Alliance for Independence Journalists, Anton Muhajir, writes about the roaring success of pork meatball soup in Bali, with Javanese vendors of beef meatball soup finding few takers for their meals.

It is followed by an article about the thriving business of selling locally brewed beer in Yogyakarta.

The second edition also features a lengthy interview with death-row convict Fabianus Tibo, a Christian who was sentenced to death for his role in the Poso sectarian conflict.

Radical groups have urged the government to expedite the execution of Tibo.

The publisher’s relocation to predominantly Hindu Bali provided the security it needed after a building housing its office in South Jakarta was vandalized in April.

“”We decided to move our office and all editorial staffers to Bali as security and serenity is our main priority,”” the magazine’s editor in chief, Erwin Arnada, was quoted as saying by Antara newswire.

He said the move to Bali prevented the publication of a May edition.

“”We feel safe after we moved to Bali and we had to prepare the second edition while we were also busy moving out. That is why we are late,”” he said.


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