Indonesian police to question photojournalist in porn scandal

Jakarta (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian police have said they would question the photojournalist who took pictures of legislator from the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), Arifinto, viewing pornographic content on his tablet during a plenary session last week.

"Police have coordinated with Media Indonesia daily," National Police spokesman Sr. Comr. Boy Rafli Amar said as quoted by metrotvnews.com on Tuesday.

M. Irfan, a photojournalist working with Media Indonesia, says he took at least 60 frames of Arifinto viewing the pornographic material.

Boy said police had yet to ask Irfan for the images.

"We need at least two items to build a criminal case [against Arifinto]. In this case, we first will need his testimony," he said.

Arifinto was captured on camera, allegedly watching a pornographic video on his tablet computer during a heated plenary session on Friday. Arifinto, however, said the clip was not stored on his computer and was a link he had clicked in an email sent to him by an anonymous person.

Arifinto, however, on Monday announced his resignation from the House of Representatives, following mounting pressure from the media and the public with regards to the incident.

Arifinto belongs to the party which aggressively supported the controversial anti-pornography law earlier. The party has now been a target of jokes and criticism on the Internet, with many, including Norwegian porn star Vicky Vette, posting comments on the incident. Vette said she was happy Arifinto received the clip she "sent him".

The anti-pornography law, passed despite massive protests by human rights and culture activists in 2008, carries severe prison sentences and fines for those found guilty of creating, distributing and downloading material deemed to be pornographic.

Earlier this year, Communication and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring, also from the PKS, issued a regulation to block all pornographic content on the Internet.

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