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Jakarta Post

Winning media war on terrorism

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 16, 2018   /  11:39 am
Winning media war on terrorism Police sealed off the Kramat Jati Police Hospital in East Jakarta on Wednesday afternoon after it received the bodies of security personnel who who were killed during riots at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) in Kelapa Dua, Depok, West Java. (JP/Kharishar Kahfi)

Aside from the prison riot in Depok that led to police casualties, and the string of suicide bombings in Surabaya that killed 14 people, police have arrested and shot dead terrorist suspects in West Java and are currently cracking down on more suspects in other parts of Indonesia.

As the police’s quick response and proactive measures to eliminate future threats continue to unfold, one cannot help but appreciate how the government — specifically the police and intelligence services — has managed the flow of information to the public. 

This success did not have an easy start, however. In the early hours of the prison riot on May 10-11, the terrorist inmates at the Mobile Brigade headquarters (Mako Brimob) held officers hostage, and seized weapons and cell phones from the guards.

The detainees managed to occupy the media by...

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