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Media should promote Islam and democracy: Discussion

  • Tony Hotland

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, March 5 2008   /  02:16 am

The media should not highlight Muslim hardliners who take the law into their hands in the name of religion, academics said Tuesday during a discussion organized by the German Embassy called Islam, Democracy and Media Freedom. The two-day discussion started Tuesday and is set to include scholars, philosophers and members of the media. Tuesday's speakers included scholars who said controversial or saturated media coverage of hardline groups would tarnish the mostly democratic Muslim population in Indonesia. The discussion Tuesday also found Islam and democracy had proven their compatibility in the republic, where they said multiculturalism was well preserved. Speakers at the discussion said democracy in Indonesia was supported by the fact it constitutionally upheld freedom of religion. Eighty per cent of Indonesia's population is Muslim. Franz Ma...