Some militant groups have taken things into their own hands on occasion by, for example, attacking unlicensed churches and bars selling alcohol during the Muslim fasting period.
“I am afraid to sell the first edition because it has been reported that the Islamic organizations would be on alert,” said newsstand owner Ronni, 30, who operates near the headquarters of a hardline Muslim group, the Islamic Defenders’ Front (FPI).
Tubagus Sidiq, a senior leader of FPI, told Reuters: “FPI opposes (Playboy) in whatever form.”
“According to our commitment, if they don’t withdraw it then we will act in our own way, the forceful way. Our crew will clearly hound the editors … We even oppose the name Playboy.”