Indonesian province bans "pornographic" songs by Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande

'Pornographic' songs by Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande banned in Indonesian province

'Pornographic' songs by Ed Sheeran and Ariana Grande banned in Indonesian province

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Ed's Shape Of You, Love Me Harder by Ariana, and Versace On The Floor and That's What I Like by Bruno have all been targeted, as well as Rihanna's Wild Thoughts, The Killers' Mr Brightside and the Zayn Malik song Dusk Till Dawn.

The populous West Java region has more than 48 million residents.

In a memorandum issued on Tuesday, the commission strongly advised that the material should not be played or broadcast outside of the hours of 10.00pm and 3.00am.

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Indonesia, which is the world's largest Islamic country, is known for its strict censorship and anti-pornography laws, which are largely based on adherence to religious law.

An Indonesian province has banned a number of songs as they could be construed as "objectifying women as sexual objects".

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A broadcasting commission in Indonesia has placed a ban on more than a dozen English songs that authorities say contain adult and offensive content, the Guardian reports.

"After a review, we think the (restricted) songs´ lyrics indeed violate the rules which say programmes can not air material (between 3am and 10pm) which has sexual and obscene content, or implies sexual activity", Fardiah told AFP.

Last year, a TV ad featuring members of K-pop supergroup Blackpink dressed in miniskirts was banned because the national Broadcasting Commission deemed it indecent.

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