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BNPT: Beware of Spread of Radicalism, Terrorism via Social Media

Beware of Spread of Radicalism, Terrorism via Social Media

JEMBER, NNC - Head of Sub-directorate of Community Development, Directorate of De-radicalization of the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) Solihudin Nasution asked the public to be aware of the spread of radicalism and terrorism through social media.

"In the past the spread of radicalism and terrorism was through close relations, family ties, and face-to-face activities, but now switches through social media and the internet," he said while giving a public lecture at the Soetardjo Building, Universitas Jember, East Java, Wednesday (9/26/2018).

The public lecture with the theme "Anti-radicalism and Anti-Terrorism in Maintaining the Integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia" held by the Faculty of Social Sciences and Political Sciences (FISIP) of Universitas Jember presented testimony from former terrorist Sofyan Tsauri.

"I urge the community to be wise in using the internet and social media, both in seeking information and even knowledge, as well as disseminating information obtained because it is the key to avoiding the dangers of radicalism and terrorism," he said.

According to him the government has issued Law Number 5 Year 2018 on the passing of government regulations in lieu of Law No. 1 of 2002 concerning the eradication of terrorism into law to anticipate the spread of radicalism and terrorism through the internet and social media.

"In the Law, there are penalties for those who are proven to participate in spreading the teachings of radicalism and terrorism, including associating themselves with certain radical or terrorist groups, so students should be careful and wiser in utilizing the internet and social media," he said.

The BNPT official who is also a middle-ranking officer of the Indonesian Air Force then pointed out the case of the attack of the Riau Regional Police by terrorist ring in May 2018, that is, some suspects were successfully traced from the social media used.

"So do not let students even participate in disseminating information, ideology, or even invitations related to the teachings of radicalism and terrorism even though accidentally, because the consequences are very severe," he said.

To anticipate the many teachings of radicalism and terrorism in cyberspace, BNPT has trained bloggers who routinely disseminate the messages of peace and love of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

"Until today the BNPT has formed and fostered a blogger community in ten provinces and will continue to grow," he said.

The Head of the Nahdlatul Ulama Branch (PCNU) of Jember, Abdullah Syamsul Arifin, said that radicalism and terrorism could come from narrow religious understanding, religious truth claims that blamed others that were different from the group which all started from an instant understanding.

"Be careful in studying religion from the internet, just because of having busy reason students are reluctant to learn religious knowledge from religious teachers, kiai, and ustadz who have been proven to have acknowledged religious authority," said he as cited from Antara.

The lecturer at the Jember State Islamic Institute proposed that the dissemination of moderate religious understanding as taught by religious organizations like NU, Muhammadiyah, MUI and others to be intensified in order to provide an understanding of Islam which is rahmatan lil alamin (blessing to all creations).