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The war on beauty.

IN INDONESIA, THE LONG-RUNNING battle over the country's domestic edition of Playboy has ended in a courtroom victory for its editor, Erwin Arnada. Playboy Indonesia contains no nudity--only the occasional tasteful swimsuit photo--but when it hit newsstands a year ago, it was denounced by Muslim fundamentalists as "pornography." Riots forced a move of the editorial office from Jakarta to tightly secured Bali, and Arnada went on trial for publishing indecent material. "This is a bitter pill," one cleric told the BBC (April 5) after Arnada was exonerated. What is it about Muslims and magazines, anyway?

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Title Annotation:SATELLITE DISH
Author:Cosh, Colby
Publication:Western Standard
Date:May 7, 2007
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