Indonesia is struggling to regulate Internet content in the country after proposals to regulate it failed due to public pressure. The state regulation issue came about with the controversial broadcast of sex videos of Indonesian celebrities.
For about a week, sex tapes by Indonesian celebrities have dominated front pages of print news and social networking sites. A popular Indonesian pop star's video showing him in bed with two other celebrities was shown apparently without their knowledge.
The first six-minute video clip appears to show pop singer Nazril Irham, better known as Ariel, in bed with his girlfriend Luna Maya, a top model, actress and, up until the scandal, the face of Lux beauty soap.
Then a second eight-minute video emerged, purportedly showing Ariel with a former girlfriend, also a well-liked model and television presenter, further fanning public appetite for more.
The two deny it was them, saying the footage has been doctored, but were called in for questioning by police
Initially officers threatened to charge them under a tough anti-pornography law, even though there was no indication the intimate but explicit sex scenes were ever intended for public viewing.
"If someone is proven to have intentionally distributed the videos, that person will be charged," said Brig. Gen. Zainuri Lubis, spokesman for the national police, adding even those caught downloading clips and copying it for others could face jail time.
The Muslim-dominated Indonesia has a population of around 240 million people. It is one of the most recent democracies in southeast Asia. The country is currently experiencing Internet popularity surges with the unprecedented usage of social networking sites especially among the younger segment of the population.
Government has made attempts on some occasions to legislate the use of the Internet in keeping with their religious traditions but due to public pressure, the proposed laws have been shelved for the meantime.