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Hizbut Tahrir meets '€˜The Post'€™

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    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, July 12, 2014   /  08:56 am

Representatives of the Hizbut Tahrir Indonesia (HTI) met with editors of The Jakarta Post on Friday to convey their concerns over the publication of a caricature of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL).

They said the Post had insulted Muslims as the caricature portraying the violence of the movement to establish a caliphate or Islamic state contained religious symbolism, while the content gave an impression that '€œIslam is a vicious religion eager to spill blood.'€

The Post had apologized for and retracted the internationally syndicated caricature on Monday on its website, followed by a similar announcement in the Tuesday print edition, saying that the Post'€™s  error in judgment '€œ'€¦was in no way meant to malign or be disrespectful of any religion.'€

HTI'€™s Ahmad Agus, reading the organization'€™s statement, said the publication of the caricature confirmed the Post'€™s '€œhostility against Islam'€ or Islamphobia, '€œa typical characteristic of secular media.'€

Cleric Hazairin of HTI said they had yet to decide what legal measures to take against the Post, as '€œthe apology and retraction .. is not enough.'€

The HTI also held a rally in front of the Post'€™s office. Chief editor Meidyatama Suryodiningrat reiterated that the Post, whose editorial staff includes many Muslims, had no intention of offending Islam.

 

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