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West Java cracks down on ‘adult’ foreign pop

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JAKARTA — Indonesia’s most populous province has set restrictions on when certain English-language songs can be aired on television and radio, citing concerns over “vulgar” and “negative” lyrics. The West Java provincial broadcast commission identified 85 songs labeled “adult” that can only be aired between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. These include Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” Bruno Mars’ “That’s What I Like,” and Ariana Grande’s “Love Me Harder.” The world’s biggest Muslim-majority country has seen a rise in restrictions on content or behavior deemed pornographic, sometimes through local bylaws based on sharia in the officially secular country. “Broadcast programs are prohibited from containing songs and/or video clips that display or contain obscenities, sex… and drugs,” Neneng Athiatul Faiziyah, a member of the commission, said on Tuesday. She said the action followed complaints from the public and there were similar objections over thousands of songs. Faiziyah said the broadcast commission was also drawing up a list of Indonesian language songs considered “adult.” — Reuters