Indonesian TV Stations Yank Condom Ads
October 1, 2002
Indonesian TV stations dropped a condom ad aimed at preventing the spread of HIV after the commercial was criticized by several Muslim organizations. The ad was jointly developed by five Indonesian TV stations in cooperation with AIDS organizations. It shows young men who visit a brothel and opt to use condoms. The Jakarta Post reported that the decision to drop the ad was prompted by harsh criticism from several Muslim organizations, including the radical Indonesian Mujahiddin Council, which claimed the commercial was pornographic and encouraged promiscuity. Advocates estimate at least 120,000 people have HIV/AIDS in Indonesia, which is the world's most populous Muslim country.
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