Indonesian faces 6-year in jail over porn billboard

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JAKARTA: An Indonesian man arrested for hacking into an electronic billboard and streaming a porn film during Jakarta rush hour could face up to six years in jail, police said Wednesday. The Japanese film “Watch Tokyo Hot” was broadcast for 10 minutes on the advertising screen on Friday at a major intersection in the capital, leaving motorists variously amused or horrified. The power was quickly shut off to the “videotron” — as the giant screens are locally known — but not before scenes of a couple engaged in a steamy tryst were captured on motorists’ phones and went viral on social media. Police and cybercrime specialists launched a hunt for the perpetrator and on Tuesday arrested a 24-year-old IT analyst in his office. Access to pornographic websites is blocked in Indonesia, and romantic scenes in films and television programs are often blurred or cut altogether by state censors. Police plan to charge the 24-year-old suspect with publicly displaying a porn film and displaying a film showing indecent scenes.

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